SUMMIT, NJ — Overlook Medical Center in Summit, part of Atlantic Health System, on Wednesday discharged its 700th patient — a woman from Union Township — treated for COVID-19 back to recovery last week.

"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 Alan Lieber, president of Overlook Medical Center. “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.”

Atlantic Health System's team members on the front lines of healthcare have put into practice precautions such as social distancing by the community and the use of personal protective equipment, which the hospital credits with helping lead to gradual decreases of new COVID-19 patients each day at Overlook and throughout Atlantic Health System.

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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 [...] all the communities we serve are our top priority, we strongly encourage those in need of medical services to not put off receiving important care.”