SUMMIT, NJ – U.S. News & World Report has recognized Overlook Medical Center as among the best hospitals in central New Jersey, and as a “Best Regional Hospital” for Neurology and Neurosurgery, as reported in the publication’s annual Best Hospitals list.
“The U.S. News & World Report recognition of Overlook Medical Center as a regional leader in neurology and neurosurgery is a testament to our dedication to providing superior neuroscience care,” said Alan Lieber, president, Overlook Medical Center and vice president, Atlantic Health System. “I am pleased to see that our commitment to attracting top-rated neuroscience physicians, nurses and industry experts, as well as investing in state-of-the-art neuro-technology, is recognized by this honor.”
Overlook is a Level IV Epilepsy Center with the only magnetoencephalography (MEG) technology in New Jersey installed for clinical purposes. The Brain Tumor Center of New Jersey at Overlook offers vaccine trials and stereotactic radiosurgery with the CyberKnife. Concussion care and rehabilitation, pain management, spine and neck care, as well as dedicated research and care for memory disorders, dementia and movement disorders, are all programs at Overlook Medical Center that have increased in volume and resources over the last several years.
As a “Best Regional Hospital”, Overlook Medical Center was also recognized as “High Performing” in the following specialties: Gastroenterology & GI Surgery; Geriatrics; Gynecology; Nephrology; Neurology & Neurosurgery; Pulmonology and Urology. Overlook Medical Center has added nationally-recognized physicians in the area of urogynecology, as well as the use of state-of-the-art, minimally-invasive and robotic surgical treatments for urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. These services also include robotic surgery for gynecological oncology and cutting edge clinical trials for the treatment of gynecological malignancies.
The Women’s Cancer Center at Morristown Medical Center and Overlook Medical Center was selected to participate in a national ovarian cancer screening trial, which evaluates periodic blood tests that may be helpful in the early detection of ovarian cancer. Research shows that women receiving treatment for ovarian cancer have better health outcomes when treated in high-volume specialty centers with experience and access to the latest drugs, technologies and clinical trials. Physicians at the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center treated the highest volume of ovarian cancer cases in the tri-state area from January 2010 to December 2012. Overlook and Morristown medical centers also offer an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-approved full freestanding residency program in obstetrics and gynecology, in which attending physicians have adopted the culture of teaching, promoting the acquisition and transfer of knowledge. Overlook and Morristown medical centers’ reproductive endocrinology and infertility programs have national and international reputation for their excellence.
Enhancements to the digestive disease programs at Overlook have included the provision of innovative interventional endoscopy procedures, robotic surgery for rectal cancer, robotic surgery for pancreatic and liver cancer, state-of-the-art endoscopic ultrasound, and specialized genetic testing. Overlook and Morristown medical centers are also home to the Pulmonary Center of Excellence, a nationally-recognized clinical research program that has performed more than 150 clinical trials over the last 10 years in COPD, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, bronchiectasis and diagnosis of lung cancer.
The hospital rankings, said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow, are like a GPS-type aid to help steer patients to hospitals with strong skills in the procedures and medical conditions that present the biggest challenges. “All of these hospitals are the kinds of medical centers that should be on your list when you need the best care,” Comarow said. “They are where other hospitals send the toughest cases.” The rankings were published by U.S. News in collaboration with RTI International, a research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Highlights of the 2013-14 rankings will appear in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, to go on sale in August.