By the end of 2014, the Campaign for Atlantic Neuroscience at Overlook had surpassed its goal set two years earlier, raising more than $2.4 million to broaden the scope of services offered by one of the most widely respected programs in the tristate area.
A year later, the Eating Disorders Program at Overlook celebrated the close of a $1.8 million campaign to provide for the facilities and staff expansion necessary to meet the emotional, social, and cognitive needs of patients ages 8-12 and their families.
The foundation continues to raise funds for two other targeted campaigns:
The Campaign for Emergency Services at Overlook Medical Center kicked off with the foundation’s 2014 Gala, which netted $400,000 toward a $3 million goal to fund construction and equipment to renovate and reconfigure its existing emergency department (ED) space to allow for improved delivery of care. Additional donations have increased that figure to some $1 million, with a $500,000 challenge grant offered if the balance of the funds can be raised by the end of this year.
Overlook’s Summit ED currently treats some 60,000 patients each year, or 165 patients per day, with about a quarter of them being admitted to the hospital. Of the other 75 percent, some can be fast-tracked while others may need a variety of testing and/or procedures.
A new state-of-the-art design, generically known as split flow, will help optimize space, increase communications, and care for patients more quickly and efficiently. Patients will be triaged to a newly designed six-bed intake area to be evaluated, before moving to a results waiting area containing 16 pods, each with a recliner, iPad, headphones, and additional seating for family members.
With beds freed up for more seriously ill patients who will likely be admitted to the hospital, those who are in the results waiting area will have their care facilitated by staff dedicated to expediting their testing and/or treatment. By improving access to care providers, patients will flow through the ED with ease, decreasing wait times and improving patient satisfaction overall.
The Palliative Care Program at Overlook Medical Center was established in 1999 and has grown to the point where more than 800 consultations were provided last year alone. Palliative care relieves suffering and helps chronically and terminally ill patients live their lives as fully as possible for as long as possible. It focuses on enhancing patients’ quality of life while offering relief from their symptoms and the stress that comes with any serious illness.
A palliative care team typically includes physicians, nurse practitioners, chaplains, social workers, and volunteers working together to provide personalized family-centered support that helps patients establish goals for their care, while respecting their moral values, spiritual beliefs, and cultural practices. Studies have shown that this team approach can result in better medical outcomes, less debilitating pain and depression, and increased activity which translates to fewer hospital visits, decreased lengths of stay, and longer life expectancy.
At Overlook, where the program’s primary funding source is the Palliative Care Endowment, the ever-growing need for these services is far outpacing the cost of expansion efforts. Currently, the campaign has raised nearly $1.85 million of its $2.5 million goal to help support the salaries of additional team members to provide this type of specialized supportive care.