The Overlook Foundation, which supports the high-quality care of Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center, was recognized in the Community Hospital category of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy’s (AHP) 2019 High Performer’s list, a designation given to less than 100 philanthropic organizations throughout the United States and Canada.

The Overlook Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity, raises funds for state-of-the-art equipment, facilities and programs that help Overlook Medical Center remain a leading provider of medical care. The mission of the Foundation is to develop, manage, and distribute resources to advance the delivery of high-quality health care at Overlook.

“We are honored to be recognized for the tireless efforts of our team to support Overlook, which is valued by our communities as the source they can turn to for exceptional health care and medical innovation,” said Clelia Biamonti, PhD, executive director of the Overlook Foundation. “That recognition is further reflected by the support from those in our communities, whose generosity helps keep Overlook on the forefront of medicine.”

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AHP has recognized 74 U.S. and 10 Canadian philanthropic organizations as high-performing fundraisers in the health care industry for fiscal year 2018. These organizations are primarily foundations affiliated with nonprofit hospitals or health systems that were surveyed for AHP’s 2019 Report on Giving, which provides key industry benchmarks for health care fundraisers.

High performers are defined as those organizations who represent the top 25 percent in net fundraising returns for a given category. New to this year’s award, AHP also recognized those organizations representing the top 25 percent in net fundraising returns per each entity type they reported for.

“We are thrilled to recognize a record number of high performers this year,” said Alice Ayres, President and CEO of AHP. “The change in criteria allowed us to continue to award those outstanding achievements of our members supporting larger scale communities, but also to call out those working within smaller facilities that are producing the same level of exceptional work. We’re eager to see where their performance carries them in 2020.”

The Community Hospital category represents high performers that reached the top 25% in net fundraising returns out of all participating community hospitals, raising more than $3.1 million in the U.S. and more than $8.5 million in Canada.

In 2018, gifts and pledges to semiannual appeals, campaigns, and special events for the Overlook Foundation amounted to more than $9.7 million.

Overlook Medical Center is home to some of New Jersey’s top doctors, offering cutting-edge research, advanced technology and treatments in a compassionate, patient-centered environment. The Overlook Foundation’s support has been responsible for many of the advances, innovation and excellence that has garnered Overlook national recognition in recent years, including:

  • Overlook Medical Center was named in March 2019 among the World’s Best Hospitals by Newsweek in its inaugural rating
  • Overlook Medical Center was recognized as one of Healthgrades’ ‘America’s 100 Best Hospitals’ for the third year in a row; only NJ hospital to receive the award in 2019
  • U.S. News & World Report recognized Overlook as a Best Hospital in New Jersey and in the New York Metro area, marking nine consecutive years on the list
  • Overlook is home to the Atlantic Neuroscience Institute, recognized as the region’s leader in neuroscience care, offering a broad range of advanced neurological, neurosurgical and neurodiagnostic services. Overlook is certified as a Level IV Epilepsy Center, and Overlook’s Comprehensive Stroke Center is the regional hub for the New Jersey stroke network;
  • In 2019, Overlook was the first in NJ to acquire the Zimmer Biomet ROSA Brain robot, a minimally-invasive surgical option for epilepsy patients.  ROSA Brain allows surgeons to place electrodes, which detect seizures in the brain, without having to open a patient’s skull or even shave a patient’s head, as traditional methods require, and may allow surgeons to lower operating time
  • Overlook recently adopted the RAPID imaging platform from iSchemaView, bringing the most advanced brain-imaging software platform for identifying treatment options for stroke patients, allowing doctors to quickly visualize reductions in blood flow to the brain and early signs of brain injury
  • Also in 2019, Overlook became the first hospital in New Jersey to use the WavelinQ, a device that offers a new, non-surgical way to prepare patients for dialysis, using radio frequency (RF), to create the connection between a vein and artery. It is the first major advancement in fistula creation in the last 50 years
  • Overlook in 2019 has been developing a low-cost solution to a problem with potentially costly consequences – not having a place to hang Foley catheter drainage bags, leading patients or caregivers to hold them too high, causing a backflow of waste, and potentially, a bad infection. Using a 3-D printer purchased through a donation by the Foundation, Overlook clinicians and clinical engineering teams are designing and developing an adjustable hook to hang the bags at a proper height. The printer is also now being used by one of Overlook’s orthopedic surgeons to print models of scans of his patient’s shoulder joints, in order to more effectively plan and discuss surgical solutions
  • Complementing state-of-the-art treatment for patients and recognizing the needs of family and other loved ones, Overlook created the Thomas Glasser Caregivers Center. Named for a longtime donor and supporter of Overlook, the center is the first of its kind in New Jersey, offering a soothing environment where caregivers can relax, receive support and access resources

A total of 212 U.S. and 35 Canadian institutions submitted data on their fiscal year 2018 philanthropic activities, with response rates of 24.5 and 26.5 percent, respectively. AHP has sponsored the annual Report on Giving for 35 years and has released the 2019 Report on Giving this week. To learn more about the Report on Giving or purchase this year’s edition, visit www.ahp.org/reportongiving. For more information and to view the full list of 2019 high performers, visit www.ahp.org/highperformers.

The Association for Healthcare Philanthropy was established in 1967 and represents nearly 4,500 development professionals at 1,900 nonprofit hospitals, medical centers, health systems, and related facilities internationally. To learn more, visit www.ahp.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.

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 Home Care and Hospice 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 is currently Chairman of the American Hospital Association, to the numerous team members who serve as leaders across national clinical associations and research entities.

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