Health & Wellness

Overlook's Satellite ER Marks 10-Year Anniversary

c987cd3d29e7857553b2_c721d73da17774677118_IMG_5463.JPG
The original Overlook Emergency Services – Union Campus team,
a2d0b2215df70ba3a058_IMG_5469.JPG
Union County Sheriff Joseph Cryan speaks from the podium.
cae38250e8caeb576dd7_IMG_5452.JPG
Union Township deputy mayor Joseph Florio speaks with Overlook Medical Center Chief Nursing Officer MaryPat Sullivan and members of the Overlook emergency department staff.
cbe3b1fc0372f07d0ac2_IMG_5483.JPG
Union County Freeholder Chairman Bruce Bergen presents a resolution from the Freeholder board to Overlook president Alan Lieber.
86f1ea5844f22f2bea64_IMG_5497.JPG
Overlook Medical Center president Alan Lieber.
df76f86a35e5480b43b6_IMG_5517.JPG
Overlook president Alan Lieber is joined by Roselle Borough Council member Reginald Atkins (left) and NJ - Assemblyman Jamel Holley of District 20 (right).
5b156416170e08c41159_IMG_5509.JPG
Overlook president Alan Lieber (center) holds a resolution from the Union County Freeholders, (L-R) Vernell Wright, Bette Jane Kowalski, Bruce Bergen, Christopher Hudak and Angel Estrada.
dfee372685c0c931f0b7_IMG_5510.JPG
Overlook president Alan Lieber (third left), with the Union Twp. committee members (L-R) Clifton People Jr., Dpty. mayor Joseph Florio, mayor Suzette Cavadas, Manuel Figueiredo, and Michele Delisfort.
948b0fe49af837b451f9_IMG_5513.JPG
Overlook president Alan Lieber is joined by Julie Olmsted, Imaging Manager at the Union campus (left) and Union Township mayor Suzette Cavadas (right).
c987cd3d29e7857553b2_c721d73da17774677118_IMG_5463.JPG

UNION TOWNSHIP, NJ - Thriving beyond era of hospital closures, Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center Emergency Services at Overlook, Union Campus -- a satellite emergency department -- has celebrated the 10th Anniversary of its opening.

The facility not only preserved emergency care for the community but anchored further development of needed health care services on the campus of a former hospital.

The milestone was celebrated October 23 with an event at the Union Campus that included a presentation by Union County Sheriff Joseph Cryan and a congratulatory resolution from the Union County Freeholder Board to Overlook officials. The resolution was presented to Overlook president Alan Lieber by freeholder director Bruce Bergen.

Sign Up for E-News

“From the people who have received the finest of health care since the day that Overlook decided to make the leap into this building, there are many, many grateful ‘thank yous,’” said Cryan.

“The County of Union has long enjoyed a fruitful relationship with Overlook in assuring a continuum of care for our residents, and we look forward to many more years of this successful collaboration,” Bergen said.

In addition to Cryan and Bergen, several other local dignitaries attended the anniversary event, including: Freeholders Betty Jane Kowalski, Vernell Wright and Christopher Hudak; NJ assemblyman Jamel Holley, of Legislative District 20; Union Township council members Joseph Florio, Manuel Figueiredo, Clifton People, Jr. and Michele Delisfort; Roselle Park mayor Carol Hokanson, and council member Reginald Atkins who also presented Lieber with a proclamation.

The 24-bed, full-service emergency department, which has been nationally recognized for patient care, was opened in the midst of an era of hospital closings throughout the state from the late 1990s through the mid-2000s. Among those being considered for closure was Union Hospital, which at the time was owned by a different health care system.

“We heard from many members of the community and their concerns were clear – there simply could not be an absence of emergency care in the Union area,” Lieber recounted.

Instead of seeking to acquire the facility and revive the entire hospital, Atlantic Health System instead opted to take over operations of the emergency department, turning it into a satellite emergency department, a model of care that had not been widely used in health care at the time.

“It was an unconventional solution at the time, but it was exactly what was needed,” said John Tyrrell, DO, assistant medical director of the Union emergency department, who was also director of the department before Overlook took over control. “It gave us the opportunity to focus our efforts on the services the community needed the most, and build from there.”

Over the next decade, Overlook enhanced the capabilities at the Union emergency department, which has been recognized three consecutive times by the Emergency Nurses Association with the prestigious Lantern Award™, the most recent of which was received this year. The award recognizes emergency departments that exemplify exceptional practice and innovative performance in the core areas of leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research. The Union campus was the only emergency department in NJ to receive the award in three consecutive designation cycles since the award began in 2011.

Today, the Union satellite campus sees about 40,000 emergency cases each year – well beyond the volume it did in 2006, the last full year the site was a fully-functioning hospital. In addition, Atlantic Health System has expanded into other parts of the former hospital facility to add services such as imaging, lab services, physical therapy, cardiology and wound care. The expansion continues, as oncology services are planned to be added to the facility.

“Every piece we have added has been in response to the needs of our community,” Lieber said. “At Atlantic Health System, it’s been our goal to ensure that high quality care is delivered at the right time, at the right place, and at the right cost. The Union campus is a great example of how we did that.”

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Summit

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_345f9b8313c8d679ed66_storytime_0317

Thu, February 22, 10:00 AM

Summit Free Public Library, Summit

Spanish Storytime

Arts & Entertainment Community Calendar Education

Thu, February 22, 12:00 PM

SAGE Eldercare, Summit

FREE Tax Assistance

Community Calendar

Carousel_image_66bd5d12d3d0f5bdad9c_storytime_0317

Thu, February 22, 4:00 PM

Summit Free Public Library, Summit

Serendipity: Grades K-5

Arts & Entertainment Community Calendar Education

Summit Fire Department Blotter

12/16/17 7:42 am     FD dispatched to DE FOREST AVENUE and MAPLE STREET for a strong odor of natural gas in area. On arrival found an outside odor of natural gas. PSEG was requested and responded to the scene. Readings of 7% natural gas were found in the manholes in the center of the intersection. CVS was checked and zero readings for natural gas were found. Summit FD was released ...

Summit Police Blotter

February 12, 2018

2/1 - At 0955 hours a report was taken for a theft of a street sign. The unlawful incident occurred between an unknown time frame on Pine Grove Avenue. Value of the street sign was not immediately available at the time of the report.

2/5 - Roberto C. Noel-Berman, 23, of Summit was arrested and charged with possession of CDS. Mr. Noel-Berman was released with a pending court date.

2/5 - ...

Summit's Beacon UU Supports Newark Residents on Pollution Problem        

February 21, 2018

For four decades, Ronson cigarette lighters were produced in a factory on Manufacturers Place in the Ironbound section of Newark, resulting in contamination of soil and water by the industrial solvent Trichloroethylene (TCE).

In 1989, the factory closed, and a decade later houses were built on a site that environmental officials had restricted to nonresidential uses. Today, toxic TCE ...

Point View's Dietze, Petrides Tell LA Times How to Make Sense of Market's Volatility

Point View Wealth Management's Founder, President and Chief Investment Strategist, David Dietze, along with the firm's Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, John Petrides, comment in the Los Angeles Times on mistakes investors should avoid when the market heads south:

pointviewwealthmanagementinc.advisorproducts.com//images/LA%20Times

The duo's advice is part of a piece ...

Is FAANG Long in the Tooth?

Investors love to rally around a stock story. Today it’s all about the FAANG stocks. Facebook (FB), Amazon (AMZN), Apple (AAPL), Netflix (NFLX) and Google (GOOG) are a major reason why the S&P 500 rallied so much in 2017. Mr. Market is convinced the FAANGs are impervious to a sell-off. “Its different this time” is ringing loud and clear, but will the outcome really be that ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 12

On this week’s episode of AtlantiCast, decade of excellence makes headlines, as Atlantic Health’s place on Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For List leads off the newest episode of AtlantiCast. Also on this week’s show, check out the newest “hybrid” operating room at Morristown Medical Center and find out how Atlantic Health is helping local ...

Let the Games Begin

I am truly awed by the Olympics.  Watching these superb young athletes on TV inspires me to renew my membership to the gym and pursue my lifelong dream of taking home the gold.  

 

The problem is that in my deluded head, I can see actually see myself standing atop the podium.  I am wrapped in a puffy designer ski coat with a huge piece of bling slung around my neck ...

Movies! Movies! Movies! - Three Ways to Enjoy Movies

Most people who use the Summit Free Public Library are familiar with our video collection: thousands of DVDs and nearly 800 BluRays -- and growing!

In addition to recent box-office hits and Hollywood classics, we have foreign films, anime, and musical performances from Aida to ZZ Top. Binge-watch a must-see TV series, discover a new one, or introduce your kids to your childhood ...