I have volunteered at Overlook Hospital for many years. I have watched the many doctors and nurses work overtime caring for patients. These patients are you and me and anyone who gets sick or hurt in our community.
The possibility of a helipad coming to Overlook is a worry to many. Safety and noise seem to be the biggest concerns. The main purpose of this helipad is to improve the outcome of serious stroke patients. Maybe 8 - 10 flights a month will land. Saving lives and patient quality of life is what these amazing doctors and nurses do. The combined Stroke Center and the Neuro Science Center are second to none in New Jersey. Emergency air transport is essential for these centers - as essential as the state-of-the-art medical equipment they use.
Time is of the essence in the outcome. After hearing the professional test results concerning the helipad, I am confident that safety has been well addressed, and noise will not exceed what we already have to put up with on a day-to-day basis.
We all have our concerns about urbanization of a town like Summit, but as we have lived between two highways and on the flight path of an International airport for quite some time, we have learned that we in Summit can save our quality of life and still keep up with today's fast paced world.
Not everyone knows that Overlook Hospital is the largest employer in Summit and its second largest taxpayer. Although Overlook is a non-profit organization it still pays taxes on much of its property.
As we struggle in this economy to find and keep successful businesses in Summit, it seems like the success of Overlook is something we should hold onto and appreciate.