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November 27, 2013, Summit, NJ – Today, Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center filed its application with the New Jersey Department of Transportation for approval to build a helipad to advance the hospital’s premier stroke center.
Overlook Medical Center, New Jersey’s leading provider of Neuroscience care, houses the Atlantic Neuroscience Institute (ANI) which serves as the hub for the New Jersey Stroke Network, a group of hospitals treating 40 percent of the state’s stroke patients. The construction of a helipad at Overlook will play an important role in the facility’s continued development as the premier stroke center in New Jersey. ANI treats more neuroscience patients than any other institution in New Jersey and is the only New York/New Jersey hospital using magnetoencephalography (MEG) beyond the research setting for functional brain mapping.
Physicians and researchers from hospitals across the state, as well as New York City, come to Overlook Medical Center to utilize its cutting edge technology and research. The hospital believes that keeping that staff intact is essential to its national reputation, as well as its ability to offer the best possible medical care.
“Overlook Medical Center has assembled a team of the best and brightest neuroscience practitioners in the nation,” said Alan Lieber, president, Overlook Medical Center. “Without a helipad, we are losing valuable, life-saving opportunities to engage these doctors. With our staff’s ability to provide innovative care and expertise, a helipad is essential to ensuring stroke victims in critical, time sensitive situations can access our facility.”
The helipad at Overlook Medical Center would be designed specifically for hospital-to-hospital transport of patients requiring advanced neurological care, and is intended to shorten transportation-related delays for stroke patients in need of urgent, highly specialized care where time is critical. Overlook expects the number of flights to range from five to nine per month.
The Overlook helipad would not be used to receive trauma patients from the surrounding area – a concern expressed by some Summit residents because Overlook Medical Center is not a trauma center and is incapable of becoming one. Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center, a short distance away, already serves that purpose, and would be the receiving facility for trauma-related transfers.
Because the goal of the helipad is to expedite the treatment of stroke victims – a very specific group of patients – the small number of flights into Overlook Medical Center would not result in significant economic gain for the hospital, which is a not-for-profit facility.
“Overlook Medical Center presented a clear case for the important need of a helipad at its facility, and looks forward to hearing from the New Jersey Department of Transportation with regard to this application,” says Lieber.
About Overlook Medical Center
Overlook Medical Center is part of Atlantic Health System, one of the largest non-profit health care systems in New Jersey, that includes Morristown Medical Center and Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown, NJ, and Newton Medical Center in Newton, NJ. Overlook Medical Center is accredited by The Joint Commission and has 504 licensed beds and 1,414 affiliated physicians providing a wide array of health care services to the residents of Northern and Central New Jersey. Specialty service areas include advanced neurology and neurosurgery, oncology, orthopedics, and women’s and children’s services. Overlook Medical Center is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Regional Hospital in seven specialties: gastroenterology & GI surgery, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, pulmonology, and urology.
Atlantic Health System has been chosen for the past five 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.” Atlantic Health System is a Major Clinical Research Affiliate with the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and is an affiliate of The Mount Sinai Hospital and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.