Community Foundation of New Jersey

Morristown Medical Center’s New “Center for Well Being”

November 4, 2013

An affiliate of the Atlantic Health System and one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in New Jersey, Morristown Medical Center (MMC) has served northern New Jersey for 121 years with a full range of medical services.  MMC’s focus on treating the whole patient and incorporating mind, body, spirit into clinical practices illustrates the value of building a “healing culture.”

As healthcare reform continues to raise new challenges in the social and political landscape, integrative medicine is gaining new ground.  In order to continue accommodating a high volume of patients and raising the standard for holistic care, MMC is breaking ground on a new Center for Well Being.

We thought we’d tell you a bit about it.

MMC’s Center for Well Being will be a 20,000 square foot center that will provide holistic and lifestyle services, and serve as a resource for integrative medicine training and education.  It will feature a Learning Center with programs in holistic healing designed specifically for physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

The center will include:

  • Physician practice space, including physician exam/consultation rooms for holistic health assessments and other consultative services
  • Multipurpose treatment rooms for massage, energy work, acupuncture  and hypnosis, and separate classrooms for yoga, tai chi and Zumba
  • State-of-the-art cardiac rehabilitation, medical-supervised fitness and lifestyle change programs
  • Retail shop providing nutraceuticals, IM books, CDs and yoga supplies
  • Four classrooms, which will have collapsible walls to form a “Learning Center”
  • A dedicated kitchen space for healthy cooking classes and events
  • Community workshops and classes including life-style coaching, stress management and personal development to nutrition, dietary supplements and therapeutic touch.

The Center will offer a variety of medical traditions and recruit board-certified integrative medicine physicians and nurse practitioners.  MMC hopes to improve the way medicine is practiced through lifestyle programming, provider/community education, and intensive integrative medicine.

As healthcare reform and particularly insurance coverage continues to evolve, MMC is working with committed donors to build and expand access to their integrative medicine programs.  Current insurance reimbursement only supports procedure-based therapies, and no local integrative medicine program affiliated with a hospital or system is fully self-sustaining.

Contact CFNJ for information about helping MMC reach its philanthropic goal and to learn more about the initiative.