Health & Wellness

Overlook Recognized for Treatment of Depression by The Joint Commission

SUMMIT, NJ - Atlantic Behavioral Health at Overlook Medical Center has recently earned The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification for Depression, making Overlook one of a small number of hospitals in the nation to achieve this distinction.

According to the National Institutes of Health, major depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States, with estimates in 2015 of 16.1 million adults aged 18 or older in the United States having had at least one major depressive episode within a year. This number represented 6.7 percent of all U.S. adults.

"Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center has thoroughly demonstrated a high level of care for patients with depression,” said Patrick Phelan, executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. “We commend Overlook for becoming a leader in depression care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for behavioral health patients in its community.”

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Overlook underwent a rigorous on-site review in which Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards as well as depression-specific requirements. Clinical practice guidelines and performance measures also were assessed.  

“Depression has a more severe impact in our communities than many realize and affects more lives than just the person diagnosed,” said Lori Ann Rizzuto, director of behavioral and integrative health services for Atlantic Health System. “This designation helps highlight the exceptional resources available at Overlook to the community.”

The Overlook depression program’s approach to depression utilizes mindfulness, yoga, a patient-designed wellness recovery action plan (WRAP) as well as a Behavior and Symptom Identification Scale (BASIS-24®), which is a consumer-oriented self-report survey.

Behavioral Health at Overlook based its depression program on the American Psychiatric Association Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Major Depressive Disorder and the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality’s Nonpharmacological Versus Pharmacological Treatments for Adult Patients with Major Depressive Disorder.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.

An independent, non-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care, accrediting and certifying more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization,

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Union

The Week Ahead in Union

November 20, 2017

UNION, NJ - Happenings in Union this week:

Monday, 11/20

•Lego Club, 3:30 p.m., Union Public Library

•ShopRite Kid Cuisine, 4:00 p.m., Union Public Library

•Adult Movie: The Glass Castle, 6:30 p.m., Vauxhall Public Library

Tuesday, 11/21

•Pre-K Game Time, 11:00 a.m., Vauxhall Public Library

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UNION PUBLIC LIBRARY - MAIN BRANCH:

Weekly Programs

Mondays: Lego Club @ 3:30 p.m., all ages, no registration required

Learn, play, and build with us every Monday! Build your own creation or take part in one of our Lego challenges!

Wednesdays: Babies in the ...

Union's Shop Local Campaign Kicks Off Saturday, Nov. 25

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The Special Improvement District (SID) will host a welcoming station, ...

October's UHS Athletes of the Month: Andy Martin and Phylicia Menendez

November 20, 2017

UNION, NJ - Congratulations again to Andy Martin and Phylicia Menendez, Union High School's Athletes of the Month for October, sponsored by Service Professionals.

Martin is a senior and a wide receiver on the football team.  He scored 10 touchdowns in October, with 285 yards rushing and 495 yards receiving.  He had 41 tackles last month.

Menendez is captain of the tennis team ...

Union High School's October Female Athlete of the Month: Phylicia Menendez

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Menendez is captain of the tennis team and maintains a 4.3 GPA.

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Tue, November 21, 11:00 AM

Vauxhall Public Library, Vauxhall

Pre-K "Game Time"

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Wed, November 22, 3:15 PM

Vauxhall Public Library, Vauxhall

Let's Play Chess Club

Arts & Entertainment

Fri, November 24

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YMCA Membership Special

Health & Wellness

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The list includes Chibuike Obinnakwelu of Union, Exercise Science Physical Therapy Track major at YSU, who was elected to the following:

President, Men of Excellence Empowerment Group

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November 18, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The Houdaille Quarry, often called the “Grand Canyon of Union County”, and normally closed to the public, will be open on Sunday, November 19 from 1:00 p.m. to 3 p.m. for Fall Foliage walks sponsored by the Springfield Environmental Commission.

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SCOTCH PLANIS, NJ -- Gerard Rokosz and Emily Farrell have been selected as Union Catholic’s Wendy’s High School Heisman award winners.

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Letters to the Editor

Board of Education Member-Elect Thanks Voters

November 20, 2017

Dear Editor,

I’m very honored and excited to have been elected to the Township of Union Board of Education.

I want to thank all of the residents of Union for their trust and confidence, and I promise to uphold that trust.

I also want to acknowledge Board President Ronnie McDowell and Board Vice President Nancy Zuena and their contributions to the Township of Union Public Schools.

Thank You, Union Residents

I would like to thank the residents of Union for their trust and confidence for re-electing me for my eighth term on the Township of Committee.

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