MORRISTOWN, NJ (Morris County) – To meet the demand for the highly specialized care needed for critically ill or injured children, Atlantic Health System’s Goryeb Children’s Hospital this week opened its expanded Joan and Edward Foley Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).
Prior to the renovation and expansion, the PICU held nine beds. Because the unit was virtually always at capacity, some children had to be diverted to other medical centers. The new PICU more than doubled its original size to 13,200-square-feet space and now offers 15 beds.
“Parents come to Goryeb Children’s Hospital for our medical team’s clinical expertise and wealth of specialists, but also because of the exceptional, family-centered care we are known for,” said Walter D. Rosenfeld, MD, Chair of Pediatrics, Goryeb Children’s Hospital and Atlantic Health System. “We want to ensure we are able to help families and children when they are at their most vulnerable, and with the additional beds and clinical space, we will be better able to do so.”
The original unit, which opened nearly 20 years ago, as well as the expansion was funded in part by donations to the Foundation for Morristown Medical Center.
“Our family wants to continue the tradition of support to a wonderful hospital that is so deserving,” said Edward J. “Kim” Foley, III, the son of Joan and Edward Foley for whom the PICU was named. “We’re so happy to be a part of an even larger group of people that are collectively making this happen.”
The pediatric inpatient unit recently added eight beds in a new, adjacent unit, and the Valerie Fund Children’s Center for children who need specialized hematology and oncology treatment will be renovated and expanded in the coming months.
Atlantic Health System is at the forefront of medicine, setting standards for quality health care in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the New York metropolitan area. Powered by a workforce of 17,000 team members and 4,800 affiliated physicians dedicated to building healthier communities, Atlantic Health System serves more than half of the state of New Jersey including 11 counties and 4.9 million people. The system offers 400 sites of care, including six hospitals: 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.