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Jack and Millie Cooper of Summit Among Supporters Receiving Overlook Lifetime Achievement Awards

The Alternative Press Staff

Thursday, June 12, 2014 • 9:36am

SUMMIT, NJ - In recognition of their noteworthy contributions to Overlook Medical Center in the areas of community, medical, volunteer, and foundation service, the Overlook Foundation awarded Lifetime Achievement Awards to Jack and Millie Cooper of Summit; Dan Moriarty, M.D. of Chatham; Anne Olesky of Basking Ridge; and Susan G. Komen North Jersey.  Clelia Biamonte, Ph.D., chairman of the Overlook Foundation, presented the awards at its Twelfth Annual Chairman’s Dinner at Baltusrol Golf Club.

“Overlook’s nationally recognized programs and services are maintained and enhanced by collaborations within our many communities – civic, medical, volunteer, and corporate/foundation,” observed Dr. Biamonti.  “We are proud to honor outstanding representatives of each of these communities with Lifetime Achievement Awards.” 

Jack and Millie Cooper – the Community Service Award honorees – have left their mark on many community organizations and those they serve during the 52 years they’ve made Summit their home.

Jack Cooper served as president of the Summit First Aid Squad for two terms, captain for two terms and continues to provide legal counsel and fund-raising support for the volunteer organization.  A partner at the law firm of Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook and Cooper, he is president of the Summit Area Public Foundation, and a member of the board of trustees of the Overlook Foundation.  He is past president of the Summit Area United Way, the Summit Family Service Association, and the Beacon Hill Club.  A two-time trustee at SAGE Eldercare, he has also served on the boards of Summit’s Reeves-Reed Arboretum, the Summit Speech School, and Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child, where the couple’s children attended.

Millie Cooper served three consecutive terms on the Summit Common Council, was president of the Summit Junior League, and held positions on the boards of the Summit Speech School, Summit Historical Society, SAGE Eldercare, the Summit Area Community School and her alma mater, Rosemont College.  Currently, she is chairman of the board of the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, where she has volunteered much of her time over the years.  Her involvement there recently crossed paths with her dedication to Overlook when she welcomed a group of Overlook’s female physicians to a retrospective exhibition of women artists, and she has become keenly interested in Overlook’s Pain Management Center’s Paint Your Pain program. 

Dr. Moriarty – the Medical Service Award honoree – developed a strong interest in oncology while completing his residencies and accepted a fellowship in hematology/oncology at St. Elizabeth's Hospital of Boston, Tufts University School of Medicine.  Recruited to join Medical Diagnostic Associates, P.A., he and his wife, Virginia, moved to Chatham, where they raised four children.  Over the next 30 years, Moriarty and his partners built a thriving practice in collaboration with Overlook, specializing in the treatment of many different types and stages of adult cancers and blood disorders.  

Moriarty went on to serve as chairman of Overlook’s Cancer Committee and its Medical Oncology Section.  He was instrumental in the development of Overlook’s Cancer Center, which was later named The Carol G. Simon Cancer Center in 2008, and he has served as its medical director since its inception.  

During his career, Moriarty has had academic appointments at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine, Harvard University School of Medicine, and the National Institutes of Health, National Heart Lung Blood Institute.  In the New York metropolitan area, he has earned “top doctor” ratings from Castle Connolly and he has been recognized by Overlook colleagues and staff with the Stephen Fischl Humanitarian Award and Physician Clinical Excellence Award.

Anne Olesky – the Volunteer Service Award honoree – was never recruited into volunteer service at Overlook. She recruited herself; and for nearly fifty years, it was her passion.  Today, those years spent with patients and staff are among her fondest memories.

She had an opportunity to get a first-hand look at Overlook’s pediatric unit when one of their sons, while just an infant, was hospitalized for gastroenteritis.  She saw how busy the staff was and thought it would be a perfect fit with her desire to volunteer.  Overlook’s Auxiliary and Volunteer Office welcomed Anne with open arms, and for many years, she devoted one or two days every week to helping the staff in the pediatric unit.  

Eventually, Olesky shifted her volunteer duties to Ambulatory Surgery, where she worked several years in the reception and recovery areas, welcoming patients and keeping their loved ones informed of their condition.   Later, she contributed many hours to patient relations, spending quality time with inpatients and their families, running errands for nurses, and transporting patients to other areas of the hospital for tests and procedures.

Susan G. Komen North Jersey – the Corporate Service Award recipient – has awarded over $16 million in local community grants, and has directed $7 million to breast cancer research since its founding in 1997.  Last year alone, it provided nearly 5,000 free mammograms and awarded over $760,000 to fund breast health programs, reaching over 200,000 medically underserved women and men in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren counties. 

Over the past decade, more than 79,000 medically underserved residents in Overlook’s communities have had access to lifesaving breast health screenings and education programs thanks to a longstanding partnership with Susan G. Komen North Jersey.  Over the years, Komen grants have funded numerous breast health programs sponsored by Overlook’s Community Health Department and Overlook’s Breast Center, including mammograms, ultrasounds and MRIs, biopsies, education and outreach programs, treatment support, patient navigation and survivorship programs. 

Overlook’s partnership with Komen is rooted in a shared vision: a world without breast cancer.  Together, they have worked diligently to deliver a simple message to their communities -- early detection is the best protection.  

Since 1994, the Overlook Foundation has awarded Lifetime Achievement Awards to members of its communities who have made significant contributions to Overlook Medical Center.  Honorees are selected for this recognition in tribute to their long-standing philanthropic and social support of Overlook.
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