Morristown in Morris County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Atlantic Health System
Morristown Medical Center
Built by the Community
Morristown resident Myra Brookfield, determined that her hometown should have its own hospital, bequeathed her house and property on DeHart Street for just that purpose in the late 1800s.
A community-wide fundraising campaign, spearheaded by fellow resident Augusta Stone, brought in the necessary funds to equip and furnish Morristown Memorial Hospital, which was incorporated on November 19, 1892.
On October 17, 1893, Morristown Memorial Hospital admitted its first patient. Its contagion ward was one of only three in the entire country. As demand for services increased, the colonial clapboard house was expanded again and again until it outgrew its location.
A New Home
After a nearly decade-long campaign by the board of trustees to raise funds for a new hospital, ground was broken here, at 100 Madison Avenue, on February 12, 1949. On July 26, 1952, a fleet of 19 ambulances and hundreds of volunteers moved 63 patients, staff and equipment across town to this new home.
The medical center once housed in a former parsonage is now part of Atlantic Health System,
Though its location and name have changed, our medical center thrives, indebted to the community for the unwavering generosity that gave us our start, helped us grow and will most certainly shape our future.
Dedicated by the 125th Anniversary Steering Committee
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Buildings • Women.
Location. 40° 47.331′ N, 74° 27.897′ W. Marker is in Morristown, New Jersey, in Morris County. Marker is on Madison Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Madison Avenue, Morristown NJ 07960, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Washington (approx. half a mile away); Continental Army Encampments at Morristown (approx. half a mile away); Washington’s Headquarters (approx. half a mile away); The Path to History (approx. half a mile away); Ford Mansion (approx. half a mile away); George Washington School (approx. half a mile away); Fires of Freedom (approx. half a mile away); Morris Township 9-11 Memorial (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Morristown.
More about this marker. At the bottom left of the marker is a portrait of Myra Brookfield and a photograph of “The Morristown Memorial Hospital, purchased with proceeds from the sale of Ms. Brookfield’s home.”
The upper right of the marker contains a map showing the locations of the 1893 Morristown Memorial Hospital and the current medical center. Above this are photographs of the “Morristown Medical Center staff in 2017”, the Morristown Memorial Hospital at 100 Madison Avenue in 1952, and “An aerial view of Morristown Medical Center.”
Credits. This page was last revised on May 16, 2018. It was originally submitted on May 16, 2018, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 238 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 16, 2018, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.