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Overlook Medical Center marks opening of new South Garage, improving parking throughout hospital campus

July 22, 2021

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SUMMIT, NJ – JULY 22, 2021 – Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center today marked the opening of its new South Garage, a recently completed, state-of-the-art employee parking structure that will improve parking throughout the campus.

The 234,000 square-foot garage includes 648 parking spaces and two elevators. The seven-level garage features recharge stations for electrical and hybrid vehicles on one of the levels.

By significantly increasing the parking available to Overlook’s team members, the South Garage creates tremendous additional capacity for patients and visitors in Overlook’s East and West garages, creating more convenient access to the hospital. The additional dedicated parking also eliminates the need for offsite employee parking on surrounding local streets.

“We make a patient or visitor’s experience a high priority, and that begins even before they walk through the door,” said Alan Lieber, president of Overlook. “The addition of the South Garage makes it vastly easier for patients and visitors to get to the services they need. It also relieves a great burden for our team members, giving them faster access to on-campus parking so they can care for our patients.”

The project was applauded by local officials from the City of Summit, who joined Overlook officials on Thursday to mark its opening.

“Improvement projects that benefit not only patients, but the overall community are part of the reason Overlook Medical Center is such a valued neighbor in Summit,” said Mayor Nora Radest.

The garage features motion-activated lights to save energy and minimize the impact to the neighborhood around the hospital. A vacant wooded area between Lower Overlook Road and Morris Avenue buffers the surrounding community from direct view.

“We kept the needs of our patients, team members and the community at the forefront of our decisions at every stage of planning,” said Martin Manfredo, construction project manager for Overlook.

Construction of the South Garage began in August 2019 and involved the excavation and removal of more than 32,000 tons of rock and soil from an unused portion of the Overlook campus along Lower Overlook Road. The completion of the garage marks a milestone in a larger plan to expand and enhance services throughout Overlook.

“As with the recent opening of the Bouras Emergency Department entrance last week, we are eagerly looking forward to more developments to benefit our patients in the very near future,” said Lauren Yedvab, Overlook’s chief operating officer.

About Atlantic Health System

Atlantic Health System is at the forefront of medicine, setting standards for quality health care in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the New York metropolitan area. Powered by a workforce of almost 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 offers more than 400 sites of care, including seven hospitals: Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, NJ, Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ, Newton Medical Center in Newton NJ, Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains, NJ, Hackettstown Medical Center in Hackettstown, NJ, Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown, NJ, and Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute in Madison, NJ.

Atlantic Medical Group, comprised of 1,000 physicians and advanced practice providers, represents one of the largest multi-specialty practices in New Jersey and joins Atlantic Accountable Care Organization and Optimus Healthcare Partners as part of Atlantic Alliance, a Clinically Integrated Network of more than 2,500 health care providers throughout northern and central NJ.

Atlantic Health System provides care for the full continuum of health care needs through 16 urgent care centers, Atlantic Visiting Nurse and Atlantic Anywhere’s Virtual Visits. Facilitating the connection between these services on both land and air is the transportation fleet of Atlantic Mobile Health.

Atlantic Health System leads the Healthcare Transformation Consortium, a partnership of seven regional hospitals and health systems dedicated to improving access and affordability and is a founding member of the PIER Consortium – Partners in Innovation, Education, and Research – a streamlined clinical trial system that will expand access to groundbreaking research across seven health systems in New Jersey.

Atlantic Health System has a medical school affiliation with Thomas Jefferson University and is home to the regional campus of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Morristown and Overlook Medical Centers and is the official health care partner of the New York Jets.