In honor of Black History, Women’s History and National Poetry Months, Morris Arts and Overlook Medical Center proudly present a collaborative program featuring works developed with the guidance of Overlook’s poet-in-residence, Thomas Dooley, and visual artists Rosalind Nzinga Vaughn-Nichol and Martryce Roach.
WHERE: Overlook Medical Center, 99 Beauvoir Avenue, Summit
The initiative showcases Overlook and Atlantic Health System’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and humanism in medicine by highlighting aspirational artists from among the hospital’s patients, clinicians and community who reflect its empowering and respectful culture.
“We are incredibly honored to collaborate with Morris Arts to bring this exhibit to Overlook,” said Stephanie Schwartz, president of Overlook Medical Center and senior vice president, Atlantic Health System. “For those who travel through our hallways, this collection of literary and visual works will convey Overlook’s strong connection to the diverse communities we serve.”
“Programs like these can be powerful reminders of the importance of representation as we work to build healthier communities,” said Ophelia Byers, chief nursing officer of Overlook Medical Center and associate chief nurse executive, Atlantic Health System.
The poetry and writing pieces on display were developed as part of weekly expressive writing workshops led by Overlook’s poet-in-residence, Thomas Dooley, offered virtually at the Thomas Glasser Caregivers Center and on-site at the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Overlook. Patients, their family and loved ones, and Overlook clinicians were invited to express their thoughts and feelings about their health care journeys and experiences.
For the visual pieces of the exhibit, curator Dr. Lynn Siebert, director of galleries at Morris Arts, offered this background on her choice of artists for this special exhibit:
The art and poetry program celebrates the creativity and wisdom of contemporary Black women and will include an actor/host reading a poem to set the tone for the event and calling into the room the need for Black women’s voices.
About Morris Arts
Morris Arts is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1973 dedicated to building community through the arts. Using the arts to inspire, connect and engage, Morris Arts serves as a resource for Morris County with a special focus on arts programming in the community and in the schools, arts advocacy, and support of the Morris Area community of artists and arts organizations.
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 more than 18,000 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 12 counties and 5.5 million people. The not-for-profit system offers more than 400 sites of care, including its 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, Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute in Madison, NJ and through its partnership with CentraState Healthcare System in Freehold, 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 23 urgent care centers, Atlantic Visiting Nurse and Atlantic Anywhere 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 six 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 five health systems in the region.
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.