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2023 in review

Foundation for Morristown Medical Center Impact Report

Last year, philanthropic giving to Morristown Medical Center totaled nearly $26 million. The sum of these contributions is astounding and the difference you have made in the lives of our patients, their families and our team members will truly have a resounding effect on the medical center for years to come. The following report outlines the impact of your generosity and highlights your philanthropy in action.

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Every decision to give, matters. Each act of philanthropy makes a difference. Everything you do for Morristown Medical Center builds our resources to excellence-in-care status and attracts physicians, nurses and team members with innovative skills, exceptional talent and highly advanced expertise. Your heartfelt support has made our community a family; extraordinary caring is evident in every patient encounter. Your dedication inspires hope, and your belief in our mission transforms lives.

Trish O’Keefe, PhD, RN smiling in a portrait photo

Trish O’Keefe, PhD, RN

President, Morristown Medical Center
Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive
Atlantic Health System

More than $25.8 million in 2023 to advance innovative projects, positions and programs.

Here is how your philanthropy added up in some of our top clinical areas:

  • Cardiovascular Care
    $4,563,016 456 donors
  • Women's Health
    $3,276,468 62 donors
  • Surgical Services
    $2,604,750 18 donors
  • Pediatrics
    $2,538,442 784 donors
  • Oncology
    $2,488,879 423 donors
  • Emergency Care
    $1,648,932 873 donors
  • Behavioral Health
    $1,240,940 48 donors
  • Neuro
    $1,029,269 9 donors

5,599 donors in 2023 

Working in tandem with the Foundation for Morristown Medical Center team and board of trustees is a true privilege that cannot be overstated. 2023 proved a successful year, not just in the dollars raised but in the synergy with which we were able to collaborate with Morristown Medical Center leadership to meet the needs of our ever-growing community in an intentional and meaningful way. I am grateful for my involvement in this tremendous organization and am proud to offer my full support as a part of this vibrant donor community.

Robert B. Tafaro

Chair, Foundation for Morristown Medical Center
Board of Trustees

The collective impact of philanthropy is felt across Morristown Medical Center each day, powering the latest programs, enabling the most advanced, state-of-the-art facility upgrades, supporting our team with ongoing clinical education and so much more. I thank you for your generosity and partnership and for having such a tremendous impact on the lives of those who turn to Morristown Medical Center for their care, making it such a special place for so many in our community.

Jennifer L. Smith

Chief Philanthropy Officer
Foundation for Morristown Medical Center

Morristown Medical Center

  • 6,973
  • 2,050
  • 735
    licensed beds
  • 38,926
  • 3,203
    pediatric admissions
  • 5,347
  • 11,744
    inpatient surgeries
  • 14,668
    same-day surgeries
  • 107,002
    emergency visits
  • 860,302
    outpatient visits

Awards and Accolades

  • Top 50

    for Orthopedics, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Cardiology, Heart & Vascular Surgery, Pulmonology & Lung Surgery, Geriatrics and Ear, Nose and Throat

    – U.S. News & World Report

  • 1 of the World’s Best Hospitals

    #46 in the United States and #1 in New Jersey

    – Newsweek

  • Best Hospital for Infection Prevention and 1 of the World’s Best Smart Hospitals

    – Newsweek

  • 1 of 100 Great Hospitals in America

    – Becker’s Healthcare

  • 1 of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for 8 Consecutive Years

    – Healthgrades

  • 6th Consecutive Designation for Nursing Excellence

    – Magnet Recognition Program®

  • 17th Consecutive “A” Hospital Safety Grade

    (2015-2023 Spring and Fall Ratings)

    – The Leapfrog Group

  • Top Teaching Hospital

    – The Leapfrog Group

A Special Message for Our Donors

Donor Support for Areas of Greatest Need

While many donors have a specific area of affinity they choose to support, a large portion decide to leave their gift unrestricted so that the medical center can use the funds wherever an immediate need arises.

Last year, 5,028 donors contributed to advance an area of greatest need at Morristown Medical Center. As directed by the hospital, these gifts helped: 

  • Fund a research study

    to establish adequate vitamin D dosing for pediatric orthopedic patients

  • Purchase a blanket warmer

    for post-operative patients recovering from high-acuity procedures

  • Offer yoga and mindfulness training

    to Latinx youth in our community

  • Equip our neurosurgery team

    with an advanced robotic visualization system for fluorescent imaging of tumors

  • Additionally, donations helped to establish a new board-designated endowment for Project Independence (a patient assistance grant program), advance the medical center’s community benefit program and support dental care for at-risk children as well as economically disadvantaged and developmentally disabled populations.

Major gifts to Areas of Greatest Need came from the late Allan W. and Barbara G. Staats, the Henry Williams Trust and the Women’s Association for Morristown Medical Center.

Legacy Giving

When donors include the Foundation for Morristown Medical Center in their estate plan, their generosity gives patients access to exceptional, coordinated care in a healing environment. In 2023, more than $2.14 million was contributed to the medical center in realized legacy giving. This includes bequests from the estates of Mary T. and William T. Kelleher, Marilyn C. Shulman, Barbara and Allan Staats, Dawn E. Wolfenbarger and the Henry Williams Trust. 23 new members were welcomed into the Brookfield Legacy Society through their commitment to benefit the hospital in their estate plans. The Brookfield Legacy Society Advisory Council helps to enrich planned giving in support of Morristown Medical Center.

Donor Spotlight: Cam Cavanaugh

Whether pursuing a career as an author, fighting for the environment or donating to Morristown Medical Center, the late Catherine “Cam” Cavanaugh never tired of doing good in the place she called home for almost seven decades. The longtime Morristown, New Jersey resident was always ready to help others, especially when giving to the hospital, which soon became one of her favorite personal missions. Through gift planning, Cam’s generosity helped drive medical advances at Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, the Gagnon Institute of Bioskills Training and Innovation and the Sameth Emergency Department, to name a few.

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Gagnon Institute of Bioskills Training and Innovation

Emphatic donor support totaling more than $3.17 million over the past two years has helped facilitate expansion and modernization efforts at the Gagnon Institute of Bioskills Training and Innovation. This critical clinical training space provides a safe and controlled environment for physicians, nurses, medical students and other health professionals to practice highly advanced clinical skills without the risk of patient harm. Construction on the newly modernized space is estimated to be complete by late 2024. Philanthropy in 2023 comes from Gar-Wood N. Burwell, the Gagnon Family Foundation, Dick and Cathy Herbst and the Spohler Foundation.

L to R: Terrence Curran, MD, Critical Care/Trauma Surgeon, Morristown Medical Center and Director of the Gagnon Institute of Bioskills Training and Innovation; Trish O’Keefe, PhD, RN, President, Morristown Medical Center and Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive, Atlantic Health System; Barbara Ruane, Co-chair, Mansion in May 2023; Mary Courtemanche, Co-chair, Mansion in May 2023; Jennifer Smith, Chief Philanthropy Officer, Foundation for Morristown Medical Center; Kathy Christie, Past President, Women’s Association for Morristown Medical Center

The Gagnon Institute of Bioskills Training and Innovation was also the beneficiary of the Women’s Association for Morristown Medical Center’s 20th Mansion in May at Three Fields in the Borough of Mendham. The month-long fundraising event raised more than $1.65 million – exceeding the 130-year-old volunteer organization’s $1.5 million pledge.

Medical Intensive Care Unit (ICU) 

A Healing Hands donation from the Jayne Family Foundation recognizing the incredible care provided by the ICU team facilitated the attendance of ICU nurses at numerous national conferences, including the Society of Critical Care Nursing and the American Association of Critical-care Nurses National Teaching Institute. Such emphasis on continuing education allows ICU nurses to bring back the latest industry best practices and learnings to continue advancing care for patients at Morristown Medical Center. Donor funding also helped the unit to purchase recliners for patients to aid in the recovery process.

Gastroenterology (GI) Fellowship Program

This new, donor-funded clinical fellowship reflects Morristown Medical Center’s commitment to providing the highest level of medical expertise and is essential to developing the top interventional GI program in the state. The GI Fellowship will train future generations of physicians in advanced endoscopy, inflammatory bowel disease, hepatology, motility and general GI for emergency as well as inpatient and outpatient care. In 2023, a generous contribution from Marsha and Jerrold Grossman helped set the stage for the program, and the Foundation for Morristown Medical Center continues to solicit funding for the salaries of six fellows.

A generous contribution from Marsha and Jerrold Grossman helped set the stage for the program.

Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine-3 Fellowship (ONMM-3) Program

ONMM-3 fellows work alongside family medicine residents and provide comprehensive whole-person care. Support from The MCJ Amelior Foundation enabled Morristown Medical Center to add a second fellow position and facilitate the recruitment of one fellow per year for the next three years.