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Morristown Medical Center Receives Meritorious Award for Surgical Quality

Morristown, NJ, October 2013 – The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) has recognized Morristown Medical Center, as one of 37 participating hospitals that has achieved meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care.

As a participant in ACS NSQIP, Morristown Medical Center is required to track the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures and collect data that directs patient safety and the quality of surgical care improvements.

The ACS NSQIP recognition program commends participating hospitals based on their outstanding composite quality score in these nine clinical areas related to patient management: mortality, unplanned intubation, ventilator more than 48 hours, renal failure, DVT (deep vein thrombosis, thrombophlebitis and pulmonary embolism), cardiac incidents (cardiac arrest and myocardial infarction), respiratory (pneumonia), SSI (surgical site infections-superficial and deep incisional and organ-space SSIs), or urinary tract infection.

Risk-adjusted data from the July 2013 ACS NSQIP Semiannual Report, which presents data from the 2012 calendar year, were used to determine which hospitals demonstrated meritorious outcomes.

“This prestigious award reflects that the quality of Morristown Medical Center’s surgical services is as robust and diverse as the conditions they treat,” said Rolando Rolandelli MD, FACS, chairman of the department of surgery at Morristown Medical Center.

Morristown Medical Center offers many surgical services and procedures for cancer, pediatrics, gastrointestinal, orthopedics, urological and urogynecological, emergency and trauma and more.

The hospital offers robotic surgery for gynecologic, urologic and cardiac conditions, and was the first hospital in Northwestern New Jersey to treat patients with the daVinci® Robotic Surgical System. The surgeons of the Atlantic Health System Weight & Wellness Center at Morristown Medical Center are experts in laparoscopic bariatric surgery using the most advanced techniques that result in more rapid recovery for our patients.

At Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown Medical Center, which performs more open-heart surgical procedures than any other hospital in the state, surgeons are experts in vascular surgery, coronary bypass surgery, valve replacement and repairs, and major aortic surgery, amongst many others.

ACS NSQIP is the only nationally validated quality improvement program that measures and enhances the care of surgical patients. This program measures the actual surgical results 30 days postoperatively as well as risk adjusts patient characteristics to compensate for differences among patient populations and acuity levels. The goal of ACS NSQIP is to reduce surgical morbidity (infection or illness related to a surgical procedure) and surgical mortality (death related to a surgical procedure) and to provide a firm foundation for surgeons to apply what is known as the “best scientific evidence” to the practice of surgery.

Furthermore, when adverse effects from surgical procedures are reduced and/or eliminated, a reduction in health care costs follows. ACS NSQIP is a major program of the American College of Surgeons and is currently used in over 500 hospitals.

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 74,000 members and it is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.

About Atlantic Health System
Atlantic Health System is one of the largest non-profit health care systems in New Jersey, comprised of Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center in Summit, Newton Medical Center, and Goryeb Children's Hospital. The three medical centers – all accredited by The Joint Commission – have a combined total of 1,308 licensed beds and more than 2,750 affiliated physicians providing a wide array of health care services to the residents of Northern and Central New Jersey. Specialty service areas include advanced cardiovascular care, pediatric medical and surgical specialties, neurology, orthopedics, and sports medicine. Each of these programs has earned top ratings and recognitions in their respective fields. Atlantic Health System is the official health care partner of the New York Jets and an official health care provider of the New Jersey Devils.

Morristown Medical Center’s Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute performs more heart surgeries than any other hospital in New York or New Jersey, and is one of 20 facilities across the country to perform catheter-based repair and replacement of valves on both sides of the heart. Atlantic Health System’s spine program – where surgeons perform more spine surgery than anywhere else in New Jersey – is one of just 13 hospitals across the country that has received the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission, achieving Disease-Specific Care Certification for cervical and lumbar spine treatments. With the Atlantic Neuroscience Institute based at Overlook Medical Center, the hospital serves as the hub for the New Jersey Stroke Network, and serves about 40 percent of the state’s stroke patients. The system’s Goryeb Children’s Hospital offers more than 100 board-certified physicians in 20 pediatric specialties. Morristown Medical Center is verified as a Level I Regional Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons and designated a Level II by the state of New Jersey.

Atlantic Health System has been chosen for the past five consecutive years by FORTUNE® as one of the magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®.” The organization has also been recognized six times by AARP as one of the “Best Employers for Workers over 50.” Inside Jersey magazine partnered with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. and ranked Morristown Medical Center in 2013 as the No. 1 hospital in New Jersey and the No. 1 hospital in the state for treatment of heart failure, coronary surgery, hip and knee repair, treatment of breast, prostate and pediatric cancers and treatment of stroke. In 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked Morristown Medical Center as a top hospital nationwide for cardiology and heart surgery, gynecology and geriatric care, in the publication’s annual Best Hospitals list.  Morristown Medical Center also ranked among the best hospitals in New Jersey and as a “Best Regional Hospital” for Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinilogy, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Orthopedics as well as Gastroenterology and GI surgery, Nephrology, Pulmonology and Urology. U.S. News & World Report ranked Overlook Medical Center in 2013 among the best hospitals in central New Jersey and as a “Best Regional Hospital” for Neurology and Neurosurgery as well as Gastroenterology and GI surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Pulmonology and Urology. Atlantic Health System is an affiliate of The Mount Sinai Hospital and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Morristown Medical Center

100 Madison Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960

Overlook Medical Center

99 Beauvoir Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901

Newton Medical Center

175 High Street
Newton, NJ 07860

Chilton Medical Center

97 West Parkway
Pompton Plains, NJ 07444

Hackettstown Medical Center

651 Willow Grove Street
Hackettstown, NJ 07840

Goryeb Children's Hospital

100 Madison Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960

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