Atlantic Health System’s Chilton Medical Center recently hosted a wall-breaking ceremony to kick off the construction of its Children’s Center at its Pompton Plains campus. Exuberant donors, community members, pediatric staff and hospital leaders took commemorative sledgehammer swings to signal the beginning of the planned $4 million, 4,500-square foot center, which will be the first of its kind in northern New Jersey. Representing a unique and progressive approach, the new Children’s Center will pioneer a new model of pediatric care by combining emergency services and inpatient care, all in one state-of-the-art facility located within the hospital.
This special event also celebrated the closing of the Chilton Medical Center Foundation’s successful Major Gift Initiative which raised more than $600,000 to support the project.
“We’re astounded by the outpouring of support from our loyal community of donors,” says Amy Hershman, Chilton Medical Center Foundation trustee and chair of the hospital’s Major Gift Initiative. “Our success would not have been possible without the heartfelt generosity of area residents, along with charitable donations from foundations, corporations, hospital employees and other benefactors.”
The Children’s Center will feature child-friendly private inpatient rooms with sleeping accommodations for parents or caregivers, a family and patient lounge, toys, books, videos and a playroom. A team of doctors and nurses specializing in pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine will be on hand 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Creative arts, music therapy and child life programs will supplement treatment to help foster healing and reduce anxiety. Construction of the new Children’s Center is expected to be completed later this year.
Atlantic Health System, headquartered in Morristown, New Jersey, is a leading non-profit health care delivery system in New Jersey. Our network includes Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, NJ; Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ; Newton Medical Center in Newton, NJ; Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains, NJ; Hackettstown Medical Center in Hackettstown, NJ; and Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown, NJ, as well as Atlantic Rehabilitation, and Atlantic Home Care and Hospice. It also includes its subsidiary, Atlantic Ambulance Corporation. Atlantic Health System comprises 1,747 licensed beds, more than 14,000 employees and more than 4,000 physicians. Atlantic Health System has a medical school affiliation with the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University; is part of Atlantic Accountable Care Organization, one of the largest ACOs in the nation, and is a member of AllSpire Health Partners.