Atlantic Health System, a not-for-profit health care system in New Jersey, and Chilton Hospital, a fully accredited, acute-care, community hospital, have announced the completion of their merger, which adds the 260-bed Pompton Plains-based hospital and affiliated Chilton Health Network sites to one of the largest non-profit health care systems in New Jersey.

As part of the merger, Chilton Hospital has also changed its name to Chilton Medical Center.

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The merger, which was first announced in October 2012, became effective on 1 January 2014 and will build upon a history of successful collaboration – including clinical affiliations in obstetrics, cardiology and other specialties – to ensure both institutions remain at the forefront of medicine and technology.

Atlantic Health System currently owns and operates Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center in Summit, New Jersey and Newton Medical Center and Goryeb Children’s Hospital. As a member of the Chilton Health Network, Chilton has offered health care services and care providers in communities throughout north-western New Jersey.

Atlantic Health System president and CEO Joseph A Trunfio said, "With the addition of Chilton, our organisation continues to grow stronger and better able to serve our community."

Following the merger, Chilton Medical Center will continue to serve as a licensed, acute care hospital while also offering its community easier access to the world-class services offered by other members of the Atlantic Health System.

Chilton Medical Center president Dr Deborah K Zastocki said that Chilton and Atlantic Health System are focused on enhancing the scope and breadth of health care services care available at Chilton while providing seamless access to the Atlantic Health System network of outstanding services.

"After many years of successfully working together, we can now work as one, to not only fulfil the health needs of our region, but build stronger, healthier communities," Dr Zastocki added.

"With the addition of Chilton, our organisation continues to grow stronger and better able to serve our community."

The key advantages resulting from the merger of Chilton and Atlantic Health System include significant clinical and economic efficiencies to lower the cost of health care while providing the highest quality services; expanded outpatient and preventive medicine services within the region.

The merger will also provide broader patient access to coordinated primary, paediatric and speciality care; clinical trials; the most immediate access to specialised emergency care, including complex stroke care, the latest cardiac diagnostic and treatment interventions, and advanced neonatal care.

The other key benefits include expanded access to tertiary care through primary care physicians, shared best practices, evidence-based care and quality assurance activities within and across the hospitals’ medical staffs.

Currently, Atlantic Health System employs more than 11,000 people throughout Morris, Union and Sussex counties, and has 1,310 licensed beds, including those at the Atlantic Rehabilitation in Morristown.

Chilton Medical Center employs 1,400 people and serves more than 160,000 patients across 33 communities annually.