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Overlook Medical Center Ranked No.1 Hospital in New Jersey for Stroke and Neurological Disorders

SUMMIT, NJ, MARCH 2012 – Overlook Medical Center was ranked the top hospital in the state for treatment of neurological disorders for the third consecutive year and voted for the second time as the No.1 hospital for stroke. Overlook ranked third overall among all hospitals in the state and therefore, ranked as the top hospital in Union County. Overlook was also ranked among the top three hospitals in New Jersey across several categories, including high-risk pregnancy, breast cancer, prostate cancer, hip and knee repair, and treatment of heart failure, among others by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., one of the nation’s most respected health care research and information companies. These rankings are published in Inside Jersey magazine’s April 2012 issue. Atlantic Health System’s hospitals, which include Morristown, Overlook, and Newton Medical Centers, and Goryeb Children’s Hospital, placed in the top three in nearly every category ranked by Castle Connolly.

“The Castle Connolly survey findings confirm what our patients and staff already know – Overlook is the best hospital in the region when it comes to neuroscience and stroke care,” said Alan Lieber, president of Overlook Medical Center. “Our team of top-rated physicians, nurses and staff at Overlook’s Atlantic Neuroscience Institute and throughout the hospital reinforce our commitment to excellence each day through providing world class patient care to our community.”

Overlook Medical Center has proved itself as a top destination for neurological and stroke care in New Jersey and one of the best in the New York metropolitan area. Overlook has the largest group of neuroscience experts on staff fellowship trained and specializing in neurology, neurosurgery, neuro-radiology, neuropathology, neuro-oncology, neuro-intensive care, pain management and neuro-cognitive disorders. In addition to housing the most advanced diagnostic and treatment tools in the country for brain tumors, stroke and epilepsy, Atlantic Neuroscience Institute is engaging in extensive, on-going research to offer patients the most advanced diagnostic and treatment services available. Physicians at Overlook’s Stroke Center are investigating new mechanical clot removal devices, using stents to open blocked arteries and developing new medical therapies for people who have suffered a stroke.

At the Brain Tumor Center of New Jersey, experts are refining state-of-the-art treatments, including vaccine trials, for patients with malignant brain tumors, newly diagnosed glioblastoma, malignant astrocytoma, recurrent malignant astrocytoma and mixed tumors.

Within the movement disorders program, physicians are exploring new drug therapies for restless legs syndrome, Tourette syndrome, dystonia and the use of integrative medicine for patients with Parkinson’s disease. A study looking at gene expression in children with autism is also underway.

In addition, other physicians at Atlantic Neuroscience Institute are researching how Lyme disease works and the use of innovative coils and other endovascular tools to treat brain aneurysms.

Atlantic Health System’s hospitals received several accolades from survey results, which appear in the April 2012 issue of Inside Jersey. Overlook Medical Center and sister hospital Morristown Medical Center, are categorized among hospitals with more than 350 beds, and Newton Medical Center ranked in the 350 beds or fewer category.  

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Nearly 1,200 licensed physicians in New Jersey participated in the online survey by Castle Connolly, which was distributed in fall 2011. Physicians cast more than 20,000 votes on the treatment of specific medical conditions and top overall hospitals in the state. The results were divided into two categories: hospitals with more than 350 beds and those with less than 350 beds.

About Atlantic Health System
Atlantic Health System is one of the largest non-profit health care systems in New Jersey, comprised of Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center in Summit and Newton Medical Center. The three medical centers – all accredited by The Joint Commission – have a combined total of 1,308 licensed beds and more than 2,750 affiliated physicians providing a wide array of health care services to the residents of Northern and Central New Jersey. Specialty service areas include advanced cardiovascular care, pediatric medical and surgical specialties, neurology, orthopedics, and sports medicine. Each of these programs has earned top ratings and recognitions in their respective fields. Atlantic Health System is the official health care partner of the New York Jets and an official health care provider of the New Jersey Devils.

Morristown Medical Center’s Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute performs more heart surgeries than any other hospital in New York or New Jersey, and is one of 20 facilities across the country to perform catheter-based repair and replacement of valves on both sides of the heart. Atlantic Health System’s spine program – where surgeons perform more spine surgery than anywhere else in New Jersey – is one of just 13 hospitals across the country that has received the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission, achieving Disease-Specific Care Certification for cervical and lumbar spine treatments. With the Atlantic Neuroscience Institute based at Overlook Medical Center, the hospital serves as the hub for the New Jersey Stroke Network, and serves about 40 percent of the state’s stroke patients. The system’s Goryeb Children’s Hospital offers more than 100 board-certified physicians in 20 pediatric specialties. Morristown Medical Center is verified as a Level I Regional Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons and designated a Level II by the state of New Jersey.

Atlantic Health System has been chosen for the past three consecutive years by FORTUNE® as one of the magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®.” The organization has also been recognized four times by AARP as one of the “Best Employers for Workers over 50.” Inside Jersey magazine partnered with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. and ranked Morristown Medical Center as the No. 1 hospital in New Jersey and the No. 1 hospital for treatment of heart failure and coronary surgery in the state. The survey findings also establish Overlook as No.1 for the treatment of neurological disorders and stroke in NJ. Atlantic Health System is a Major Clinical Research Affiliate with The Cancer Institute of New Jersey and is the primary academic and clinical affiliate in New Jersey of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and The Mount Sinai Hospital.

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Morristown Medical Center

100 Madison Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960

Overlook Medical Center

99 Beauvoir Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901

Newton Medical Center

175 High Street
Newton, NJ 07860

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97 West Parkway
Pompton Plains, NJ 07444

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Hackettstown, NJ 07840

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Morristown, NJ 07960

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