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Morristown Medical Center and NYU Langone Health expands partnership to include adult congenital heart disease

MORRISTOWN, NJ (Morris County) – Two nationally recognized cardiovascular programs in the tri-state region, New Jersey-based Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center and New York-based NYU Langone Health, are expanding their partnership to provide patients improved access to adult congenital heart disease services and the specialist directed care that will improve patients’ quality of life.

“Our clinical affiliation continues to build and strengthen our cardiovascular relationship with NYU Langone and our nationally ranked cardiology program here at our Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute based at Morristown Medical Center” said Trish O’Keefe, Senior Vice President, and President of Morristown Medical Center. “Patients will now have more convenient access, closer to home for highly specialized cardiovascular care and will benefit from the physician expertise from both organizations.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, congenital heart disease affects nearly 1%, or about 40,000 births per year in the United States, with more than 90% reaching adulthood. There are an estimated 2 million adults living in the United States with congenital heart disease.

“Our partnership with experts at Morristown Medical Center will provide advanced adult congenital heart disease care to patients in New Jersey, allowing them to stay in their local community” said Dan Halpern, MD the Program Director of NYU Langone Heart’s Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) Program. NYU Langone’s ACHD Program was the first in the State of New York to be nationally accredited as an Adult Congenital Heart Disease Comprehensive Care Center and the first in the nation to be re-accredited.

“This collaborative approach with our colleagues at NYU Langone will provide congenital heart disease patients the specialized care they require to live better lives,” said Claire Boccia Liang, MD the Medical Director of Adult Congenital Heart Disease at Atlantic.

In July 2021, Atlantic Health System and NYU Langone Health announced their partnership on organ transplantation that coordinates transplant care at Morristown Medical Center for heart patients and Overlook Medical Center for liver patients allowing greater access through a high-quality and highly collaborative patient care team.

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