Overlook Medical Center Emergency Services, Union Campus, part of Atlantic Health System, has again received the prestigious Emergency Nurses Association’s 2020 Lantern Award for demonstrating exceptional practice and innovative performance in nursing leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research.

The Union emergency department (ED), a satellite of Summit-based Overlook Medical Center, has received the award for the current cycle of 2020-2023. This is the fourth consecutive time Overlook’s Union ED has won the award, making Union one of only two emergency departments in the nation to receive the award every cycle since its inception in 2011.

“The mission of the Union ED has been to be the premier source of high quality, accessible care that Union and surrounding communities could rely on,” said MaryPat Sullivan, chief nursing officer for Overlook Medical Center. “It is truly gratifying to have our accomplishments recognized consecutively for more than a decade.”

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The Lantern Award showcases an emergency department’s accomplishments in incorporating evidence-based practice and innovation into emergency care. The application process includes sharing stories which highlight a commitment to care of patients, as well as the well-being of nursing staff. The award serves as a visible symbol of the Emergency Nurses Association’s commitment to quality, safety and a healthy work environment.

The Union ED was one of 25 award winners announced by ENA, which this year, for the first time, included two international emergency departments.

“This is truly a historic year with the first two international emergency departments earning this uniquely special award,” said ENA President Mike Hastings, MSN, RN, CEN. “With ENA continuing to expand its worldwide reach, this is one of many big steps for emergency nurses and the association.”

The Union ED is the anchor for Overlook’s Union Campus, a multi-specialty medical complex developed by Atlantic Health System in the facility once known as Union Hospital. When that hospital’s previous owner closed the facility in 2007, Overlook took over operation of the emergency department, operating it as a satellite of its emergency services and remains committed to serving the residents of Union and nearby communities.

The emergency department flourished, with 38,444 visits last year, far exceeding the number of patients treated when it was a part of a full-service hospital, even at its peak. The 24-bed full-service emergency department provides 24/7, nationally-recognized care, including emergency and advanced cardiovascular care, including the administration of thrombolytic options, comprehensive stroke care using telemedicine and robotic services, on-site laboratory services, on-site radiology services including computed tomography (CT) and ultrasound, and referrals to community outreach.

“The ENA Lantern Award is named in honor of Florence Nightingale, who worked to improve and change nursing in the 19th century. It’s particularly exciting for these 25 emergency departments to receive this award during her 200th anniversary,” said Hastings. “Each of these emergency department’s staff should be proud of the power they hold. They’ve made such positive impacts on the profession and the lives of their patients.”

About the Emergency Nurses Association

The Emergency Nurses Association is the premier professional nursing association dedicated to defining the future of emergency nursing through advocacy, education, research, innovation, and leadership. Founded in 1970, ENA has proven to be an indispensable resource to the global emergency nursing community. With nearly 50,000 members worldwide, ENA advocates for patient safety, develops industry-leading practice standards and guidelines, and guides emergency health care public policy. ENA members have expertise in triage, patient care, disaster preparedness, and all aspects of emergency care. Additional information is available at www.ena.org.

About Atlantic Health System

Atlantic Health System has a long-standing tradition of providing exceptional patient outcomes and experiences. Home to seven award-winning hospitals including Morristown Medical Center, the number one hospital in NJ according to U.S. News & World Report, Castle Connolly and Newsweek’s World’s Best Hospitals, the system has been ranked first in New Jersey in consumer preference by Monigle and first among health systems in New Jersey as a “best workplace” by both Modern Healthcare and Fortune Magazine.

Many of the system’s programs have received national accolades and designations, including Morristown Medical Center’s Cardiology and Heart Surgery program ranked among the top 30 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report; Morristown Medical Center’s Orthopedics program ranked among the top 35 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report and Atlantic Health System’s Cancer Care program, New Jersey’s first and only National Cancer Institute National Community Oncology Research Program. Additionally, Atlantic Health System Neuroscience at Overlook Medical Center, working with Atlantic Mobile Health, was the first in the nation to deploy and use portable Telestroke technology in ambulances for routine pre-hospital assessment of stroke patients. Morristown Medical Center and Overlook Medical Center received the Healthgrades 2020 America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award™, a distinction placing both hospitals in the top 1% of nearly 4,500 hospitals assessed nationwide for consistent, year-over-year superior clinical performance.

Powered by a passionate workforce of 17,000 team members and 4,800 affiliated physicians dedicated to building healthier communities, Atlantic Health System serves more than half of the state of New Jersey, including 11 counties and 4.9 million people. The system provides care for the full continuum of health needs across a wide array of settings, including Atlantic Medical Group, one of the largest multi-specialty practices in New Jersey with more than 1,000 physicians and providers, 12 urgent care centers, Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute, Atlantic Visiting Nurse and Atlantic Anywhere’s Virtual Visits. Facilitating connections between these services on both land and air is the transportation fleet of Atlantic Mobile Health.

With a clear sense of purpose and an unparalleled culture, Atlantic Health System attracts top leaders in the field of health care, from CEO Brian Gragnolati, who was Chairman of the American Hospital Association in 2019, to the numerous team members who serve as leaders across national clinical associations and research entities.