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The Overlook Foundation, which supports the high-quality care of Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center, was recognized in the Community Hospital category of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy’s (AHP) 2019 High Performer’s list, a designation given to less than 100 philanthropic organizations throughout the United States and Canada.

The Overlook Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity, raises funds for state-of-the-art equipment, facilities and programs that help Overlook Medical Center remain a leading provider of medical care. The mission of the Foundation is to develop, manage, and distribute resources to advance the delivery of high-quality health care at Overlook.

“We are honored to be recognized for the tireless efforts of our team to support Overlook, which is valued by our communities as the source they can turn to for exceptional health care and medical innovation,” said Clelia Biamonti, PhD, executive director of the Overlook Foundation. “That recognition is further reflected by the support from those in our communities, whose generosity helps keep Overlook on the forefront of medicine.”

AHP has recognized 74 U.S. and 10 Canadian philanthropic organizations as high-performing fundraisers in the health care industry for fiscal year 2018. These organizations are primarily foundations affiliated with nonprofit hospitals or health systems that were surveyed for AHP’s 2019 Report on Giving, which provides key industry benchmarks for health care fundraisers.

High performers are defined as those organizations who represent the top 25 percent in net fundraising returns for a given category. New to this year’s award, AHP also recognized those organizations representing the top 25 percent in net fundraising returns per each entity type they reported for.

“We are thrilled to recognize a record number of high performers this year,” said Alice Ayres, President and CEO of AHP. “The change in criteria allowed us to continue to award those outstanding achievements of our members supporting larger scale communities, but also to call out those working within smaller facilities that are producing the same level of exceptional work. We’re eager to see where their performance carries them in 2020.”

The Community Hospital category represents high performers that reached the top 25% in net fundraising returns out of all participating community hospitals, raising more than $3.1 million in the U.S. and more than $8.5 million in Canada.

In 2018, gifts and pledges to semiannual appeals, campaigns, and special events for the Overlook Foundation amounted to more than $9.7 million.

Overlook Medical Center is home to some of New Jersey’s top doctors, offering cutting-edge research, advanced technology and treatments in a compassionate, patient-centered environment. The Overlook Foundation’s support has been responsible for many of the advances, innovation and excellence that has garnered Overlook national recognition in recent years, including:

  • place to hang Foley catheter drainage bags, leading patients or caregivers to hold them too high, causing a backflow of waste, and potentially, a bad infection. Using a 3-D printer purchased through a donation by the Foundation, Overlook clinicians and clinical engineering teams are designing and developing an adjustable hook to hang the bags at a proper height. The printer is also now being used by one of Overlook’s orthopedic surgeons to print models of scans of his patient’s shoulder joints, in order to more effectively plan and discuss surgical solutions

A total of 212 U.S. and 35 Canadian institutions submitted data on their fiscal year 2018 philanthropic activities, with response rates of 24.5 and 26.5 percent, respectively. AHP has sponsored the annual Report on Giving for 35 years and has released the 2019 Report on Giving this week. To learn more about the Report on Giving or purchase this year’s edition, visit www.ahp.org/reportongiving. For more information and to view the full list of 2019 high performers, visit www.ahp.org/highperformers.

The Association for Healthcare Philanthropy was established in 1967 and represents nearly 4,500 development professionals at 1,900 nonprofit hospitals, medical centers, health systems, and related facilities internationally. To learn more, visit www.ahp.org.

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