The safety of patients and team members is Atlantic Health System’s top priority. To make sure emergency departments across Atlantic Health’s hospitals remain safe for every patient who enters, reconfigured processes and facilities are in place to optimize safety and improve the patient experience.

All care is delivered with strict rules around social distancing, universal mask wearing, rigorously enforced hand hygiene and advanced cleaning practices for the entire facility.

All patients will be triaged at the point of entry including taking their temperature and asking a series of health questions, no matter what the reason for the visit. Once that has occurred, a nurse escorts the patient to the appropriate treatment area. This will reduce the use of communal waiting rooms and the possibility of close-contact in areas such as hallways. All departments have specialized treatment areas for COVID-19 and other contagious illnesses.  

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“It’s critical the patients with urgent medical issues continue to come to the ED for care. We have created processes and configured our facility to maximize the safety and effective delivery of care for all of our patients,” said Chris Amalfitano, MD, chair, emergency services at Overlook Medical Center.

“I cannot emphasize enough that the long and short-term negative impacts of delaying urgent care are far greater than the risk of contracting COVID-19 in the hospital.”

Delays in seeking urgent care can result in more extensive care and longer recovery than might have been needed, may result in lifelong debilitation or can be fatal in cases of sepsis, heart attack or stroke. In New Jersey and nationwide, healthcare providers have observed an alarming trend of delay of care for many non-COVID conditions.

Overlook Medical Center provides emergency services at two locations: its main campus in Summit at 99 Beauvoir Ave, and at its Union Campus at 1000 Galloping Hill Rd. Please always call 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency.

About Atlantic Health System

Atlantic Health System has a long-standing tradition of providing exceptional patient outcomes and experiences. Home to seven award-winning hospitals including Morristown Medical Center, the number one hospital in NJ according to U.S. News & World Report, Castle Connolly and Newsweek’s World’s Best Hospitals, the system has been ranked first in New Jersey in consumer preference by Monigle and first among health systems in New Jersey as a “best workplace” by both Modern Healthcare and Fortune Magazine.

Many of the system’s programs have received national accolades and designations, including Morristown Medical Center’s Cardiology and Heart Surgery program ranked among the top 30 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report; Morristown Medical Center’s Orthopedics program ranked among the top 35 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report and Atlantic Health System’s Cancer Care program, New Jersey’s first and only National Cancer Institute National Community Oncology Research Program. Additionally, Atlantic Health System Neuroscience at Overlook Medical Center, working with Atlantic Mobile Health, was the first in the nation to deploy and use portable Telestroke technology in ambulances for routine pre-hospital assessment of stroke patients.

Powered by a passionate workforce of 17,000 team members and 4,800 affiliated physicians dedicated to building healthier communities, Atlantic Health System serves more than half of the state of New Jersey, including 11 counties and 4.9 million people. The system provides care for the full continuum of health needs across a wide array of settings, including Atlantic Medical Group, one of the largest multi-specialty practices in New Jersey with more than 1,000 physicians and providers, 12 urgent care centers, Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute, Atlantic Visiting Nurse and Atlantic Anywhere’s Virtual Visits. Facilitating connections between these services on both land and air is the transportation fleet of Atlantic Mobile Health.

With a clear sense of purpose and an unparalleled culture, Atlantic Health System attracts top leaders in the field of health care, from CEO Brian Gragnolati, who was Chairman of the American Hospital Association in 2019, to the numerous team members who serve as leaders across national clinical associations and research entities.