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Atlantic Health System, Adventist Healthcare Announce Hackettstown Regional Medical Center Transfer Of Ownership

MORRISTOWN, NJ JANUARY 29, 2014 - Atlantic Health System and Adventist HealthCare announced today that the boards of directors of both health care systems have agreed to transfer ownership of Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, a 111-bed acute care hospital, from Adventist HealthCare to Atlantic Health System.

"Adding Hackettstown Regional Medical Center to the Atlantic Health System family is a natural fit," said Joseph A. Trunfio, President and CEO, Atlantic Health System. "The hospital has served its community and region for decades, and this affiliation will provide patients in the area with expanded access to high quality, specialized services and programs."

The announcement of the transaction, which is subject to state regulatory review which could span several months, follows the completion of a merger between Atlantic Health System and Chilton Hospital on January 1, 2014.

"Our patients are familiar with the excellent caliber of care and extensive services offered by Atlantic Health System hospitals," said Jason Coe, President, Hackettstown Regional Medical Center. "Joining the Atlantic Health System family will give the Hackettstown community access to more specialists and services throughout the system, from cardiovascular to neonatal, to oncology, neuroscience and more." more

Hackettstown Regional Medical Center Earns Recognition from The Joint Commission

On October 30th, Hackettstown Regional Medical Center (HRMC) was named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. HRMC was recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions.

Hackettstown Regional Medical Center is one of 1,099 hospitals in the U.S. earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. HRMC was recognized for its achievement on the following measure sets: Heart Attack, Pneumonia, and Surgical Care. The ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2012 calendar year.

"HRMC is proud to receive the distinction of being a Joint Commission Top Performer," said Jason Coe, President of HRMC.

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New ER Fast Track for Minor Emergencies

There's exciting news in the Emergency Department at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center! A new patient service known as MITU (Minor Illness Treatment Unit) is now available. The Emergency Department staff listened to patient feedback and created a new service that is designed to reduce waiting time for individuals who walk in with minor illnesses and injuries.

"We realized that as the number of Emergency Department patients has increased over the last couple of years, we needed to have a dedicated physician, nurse and technician for our patients with minor injuries and illnesses," explained HRMC's ED Nurse Manager, Fran Schuster, MSN, ANP-BC. "Patient feedback from our discharge follow-up phone calls showed that patients were pleased with their medical care, but at times were frustrated with a long wait."

The new MITU service operates from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. Examples of illnesses and injuries that would typically qualify a patient for MITU treatment include sprains, simple fractures, minor cuts, and the need for stitch removal.

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