Overlook Hospital Leads Fundraising At Union County Heart Walk

SUMMIT—Roughly 350 Overlook Hospital team members turned out for the Union County Start! Heart Walk on May 30.  Overlook raised more than $22,000 for the walk, which is part of the American Heart Association’s national movement to get Americans walking; another $1,500 has been pledged.

Twenty-nine Overlook teams participated in the event at Nomahegan Park in Cranford.  Overlook’s Community Health department conducted screenings and educated walkers about stroke and heart disease.

Alan Lieber, president of Atlantic Health’s Overlook Hospital led Heart Walk.  As chair, Lieber rallied Union County companies and community members toward a healthier future by leading the organizational and recruitment efforts of thousands of area volunteers, survivors, walkers, and businesses to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke, New Jersey’s No. 1 and No. 3 leading causes of death.  More than 2,500 walkers participated in the event.

The team raising the most funds was the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) Team with leaders, Bernadette Matrisciano and Sue Connors, with $2,396.  The individual with the most money raised was stroke program coordinator, Angela McCall-Brown, of Hillside, with $1,095.

Alan Lieber, vice president, Atlantic Health and president, Overlook Hospital (pictured above in white), takes the lead with WCBS-TV weatherman John Elliot (far right); Andy Plump, MD, Vice President, Merck; and stroke survivor Larry Trenk, of Scotch Plains (from left to right). Lieber was the hospital chair for the 2009 Greater Union County Start! Heart Walk. (Photo courtesy of Overlook Hospital)

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