Summit, NJ – Overlook Medical Center received the Community Outreach award for its Stroke Education and Screening Program at the 95th Annual Meeting of the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) held at the Hyatt Regency in Princeton on January 24, 2014. The Stroke Education and Screening program of Overlook’s Community Health department provides three primary activities: free screenings; Brain Power, an interactive inflatable brain and educational program about brain health; and lectures by a stroke survivor. Overlook Medical Center’s Healthy Avenues community van brings screenings directly to targeted populations at community- and faith-based organizations, businesses, senior centers, libraries, low income housing and municipal health departments. The Community Health department was honored for making a significant impact in preventing disease and injury in the New Jersey communities it serves. Since Jan. 1, 2013, the program has screened more than 1,400 individuals in the targeted populations and welcomed more than 700 school children to its Brain Power program.
NJHA and its Health Research and Educational Trust of New Jersey recognize organizations that identify community needs and implement programs to serve those needs. The 2013 awards recognized achievements in the following categories: enhancing access and quality of care to reduce disparities; improving end-of-life care; and preventing disease and injury.
About Overlook Medical Center
Overlook Medical Center, located in Summit, NJ, is part of Atlantic Health System, one of the largest non-profit health care systems in New Jersey. Accredited by The Joint Commission, the hospital was recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Regional Hospital” for Neurology & Neurosurgery, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Pulmonology, and Urology. Overlook Medical Center is verified as a Level IV Epilepsy Center. Atlantic Neuroscience Institute treats more stroke and aneurysm patients than any other hospital in northern New Jersey and a recipient of the Get With the Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award, placing its stroke program in the top five percent in the country by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.