Overlook Medical Center receives national recognition for meritorious outcomes

Atlantic Health System Overlook Medical Center in Summit.

Overlook Medical Center, part of Atlantic Health System, has recently been recognized as one of 78 American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program-participating hospitals that have achieved meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in 2021, according to an announcement from the ACS NSQIP.

As a participant in ACS NSQIP, Overlook is required to track the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures and collect data that assesses patient safety and can be used to direct improvement in the quality of surgical care.

The ACS NSQIP recognition program commends a select group of hospitals for achieving a meritorious composite score in either an “All Cases” category or a category that includes only “High Risk” cases. Risk-adjusted data from the July 2022 ACS NSQIP Semiannual Report, which presents data from the 2021 calendar year, were used to determine which hospitals demonstrated meritorious outcomes. Overlook has been recognized on both the “All Cases” and “High Risk” meritorious lists.

“Choosing a hospital and its surgical team for a procedure involves the greatest level of trust from a patient. The Overlook team earns that trust every day through our commitment to safety and high-quality care, the use of enhanced communication, best practices and strong protocols designed to deliver excellent outcomes and recovery for our patients,” Dr. Muhammad Feteiha, chairman of the Department of Surgery and president of the medical staff at Overlook Medical Center, said. “This recognition is further affirmation of that commitment.”

With some 15,000 surgeries performed each year at Overlook, the hospital’s surgical services are set to be enhanced even further, as part of an ongoing transformation project at the hospital, dubbed OverLook Ahead. This includes multiple new state-of-the-art surgical suites for inpatient surgeries, which will optimize Overlook’s ability to perform complex procedures within a broad range of specialties including neuro, orthopedics, urology and others.

Additionally, Overlook’s Reeves Same Day Surgery Center will be completely renovated and expanded to include two additional surgery suites, a refurbished family waiting room with private consultation area, and enhanced pre- and post-op units.

Each composite score was determined through a different weighted formula combining eight outcomes. The 78 commended hospitals achieved the distinction based on their outstanding composite quality score across the eight areas.