SUMMIT, NJ – JUNE 2020 – Overlook Medical Center, part of Atlantic Health System, announced that it discharged its 750th patient treated for COVID-19 back to recovery earlier this month. The patient is a resident of Cranford.
Atlantic Health System’s efforts on the front lines of health care, combined with the community’s embrace of precautions such as social distancing and use of personal protective equipment, has led to gradual decreases of new COVID-19 patients each day at Overlook and throughout Atlantic Health System, while more and more recover.
"This pandemic has crystallized why those of us at Overlook and throughout Atlantic Health System pursued the calling of health care – to help those who need it,” said Overlook president Alan Lieber. “As one of the top hospitals in the country, we at Overlook Medical Center are proud to have been the hospital that many patients turned to for care as COVID-19 emerged throughout our communities. Powered by a dedicated team of health care professionals, we quickly transformed our campus and modified our capabilities to provide the best of care to those who needed it, and provided a safe place to heal for all patients.”
Treatment for COVID-19 at Overlook and throughout Atlantic Health System includes patients who have tested positive, as well as those who are suspected and awaiting test results. Those awaiting test results were treated in separate units from those who were confirmed positive, as well as those who were negative for the virus.
“As we continue this fight, it is important to note that Overlook Medical Center remains ready and safe to care for every patient who needs us, including non-COVID-19 patients” Lieber said. “Because the safety and health of Cranford and all of the communities we serve are our top priority, we strongly encourage those in need of medical services to not put off receiving important care.”
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.
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.