UNION, NJ – A celebration marking the 10th anniversary of Overlook Emergency Services -- Union Campus, formerly Union Hospital, took place on Monday afternoon.
Amid a rash of hospital closures beginning in the late 90s through the mid-00s, Atlantic Health took over and began running the emergency department of Union Hospital as a satellite, when it appeared the hospital would close.
“Ten years ago, Alan [Lieber, President, Overlook Medical Center] and I and others had discussions over the future of Union hospital,” said Union County Sheriff and then assemblyman Joseph Cryan. “Today we’re honored and pleased to celebrate 10 years of Overlook in Union.”
“Since we’ve been here, we’ve seen about 400,000 emergency room visits,” said Lieber. Lieber said Overlook has been continuously investing in the Union site. In addition to the satellite emergency room, there is a high-tech imaging center, a first-class wound care center, rehab and a cardiac imaging center. “All of these are becoming the fabric of us creating a medical neighborhood here.”
Speaking of future growth, Lieber said they are currently renovating space for an upcoming oncology center, with an infusion center and bringing some primary care and specialist physicians to the Union location. “We are continuing to invest to bring great healthcare to the community,” said Lieber.
“One of the things that I am most proud of,” said Lieber, “is that we really stepped into this community. We provide excellent, high quality care and met a need here.”
Union County Freeholder Chairman Bruce Bergen, presenting a resolution to Lieber, said, "on behalf of the Freeholder Board and all of the citizens of Union County, I thank you and honor you for 10 years in this location and say keep up the good work.”