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Morristown, NJ, July 16, 2013 – U.S. News & World Report ranked Morristown Medical Center as a top hospital nationwide for cardiology and heart surgery, gynecology, and geriatrics, as reported today in the publication’s annual Best Hospitals list for 2013-14. The U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 24th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. This is the second year Morristown Medical Center has been recognized on the U.S. News national list for advanced cardiac and gynecologic care and the hospital’s first time for geriatrics.
U.S. News evaluates hospitals in 16 adult specialties. In most specialties, it ranks the nation’s top 50 hospitals and recognizes other high-performing hospitals that provide care at nearly the level of their nationally ranked peers.
“U.S. News & World Report’s recognition of Morristown Medical Center as a top hospital in the nation for cardiac, gynecologic, and geriatric services and as a destination hospital in the region for eight other specialties is a testament to our dedication to providing superior patient care,” said David Shulkin, MD, president, Morristown Medical Center, vice president, Atlantic Health System. “We take pride not only in providing our patients with the highest quality medical care, but also in offering the latest diagnostic and treatment tools within a warm, nurturing environment for our patients and their families.”
This accolade is the latest in a series of recognition for Morristown Medical Center’s dedication to quality care for patients and families. Last month, the hospital was named “Hospital of the Year” by NJBIZ for the publication’s annual Healthcare Heroes awards. This spring, Morristown Medical Center was ranked by physicians as the top hospital in the state for the third consecutive year and voted the No.1 hospital in New Jersey for coronary surgery; treatment of breast cancer; prostate cancer and pediatric cancer; treatment of heart failure; hip and knee repair; and strokes, by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., one of the nation’s most respected health care research and information companies.
How U.S. News & World Report ranked Morristown Medical Center:
Regional high-performing adult specialties recognized:
Cardiac services at Morristown Medical Center are nationally ranked for the second consecutive year. In addition to performing more open heart surgeries than any other hospital in New Jersey, Morristown Medical Center has proved itself as a top destination for cardiovascular care in the state and in the New York metropolitan area. The Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown Medical Center is the only hospital in New Jersey and one of just 20 across the country to offer three minimally-invasive treatment options for heart valve repair and replacement for patients who are ineligible to undergo open heart surgery.
Second-time national recognition for gynecology at Morristown Medical Center reflects an enhancement of services over the last several years, including nationally-recognized physicians in the area of urogynecology, and state-of-the-art, minimally-invasive and robotic surgical treatments for urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. These services also include robotic surgery for gynecological oncology and cutting edge clinical trials for the treatment of gynecological malignancies.
The Women’s Cancer Center at Morristown and Overlook medical centers was selected to participate in a national ovarian cancer screening trial, which evaluates periodic blood tests that may be helpful in the early detection of ovarian cancer. More than 100 specially-trained, board-certified OB/GYN physicians for Overlook and Morristown medical centers have contributed vastly to the success of the women’s health programs. The reproductive endocrinology and infertility programs have national and international reputations for their excellence.
Morristown Medical Center created a multifaceted approach to address and improve the health of a growing senior population. The comprehensive senior health program focuses on the patient and caregivers, provides detailed treatment plans, and offers seniors the best quality of life possible. The “Healthy Aging” initiative touches all areas of geriatric care: community-based care and support services such as in the office; assisted living and nursing home facilities; and home care settings; and hospital-based care – starting in the Emergency Department and continuing throughout the hospital stay. Also included are three key initiatives: fellowship-trained geriatricians and geriatric-certified nurses, a dedicated Geriatric Emergency Department, and the opening of a Geriatric Assessment Center in its new space in Morristown for older adults and their loved ones to find support to address the complex challenges that come with aging. This comprehensive program is under the umbrella of the David and Joan Powell Center for Healthy Aging. Currently available are geriatric assessments for those with multiple medical or cognitive problems; evaluation and treatment of chronic and/or age-related health concerns including falls, gait and mobility issues, and pain and depression; social work consultation and connections to community services; caregiver guidance; coordination of care with current physicians and care providers; and primary care for older adults in poor health and at a high risk for hospitalization.
“A hospital that emerges from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. “Only about 15 percent of hospitals are recognized for their high performance as among their region’s best. Just 3 percent of all hospitals earn a national ranking in any specialty.”
U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, the adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.
The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Using the same data, U.S. News produced the state and metro rankings.
The rankings have been published online and will appear in print in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, available in bookstores and on newsstands August 27.
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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 and Newton Medical Center. 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 three consecutive years by FORTUNE® as one of the magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®.” The organization has also been recognized four 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 as the No. 1 hospital in New Jersey and the No. 1 hospital for treatment of heart failure and coronary surgery in the state. The survey findings also establish Overlook as No.1 for the treatment of neurological disorders and stroke in NJ. Atlantic Health System is a Major Clinical Research Affiliate with The Cancer Institute of New Jersey and is an affiliate of The Mount Sinai Hospital and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.