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Newton, NJ, October 2013 – Newton Medical Center, part of Atlantic Health System, was awarded an “A” grade in the Fall 2013 update to the Hospital Safety ScoreSM, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections.
The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog) a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans.
“This is a testament to the dedication of the physicians and staff at Newton Medical Center to providing a safe, healing environment and high-quality care for our patients,” said Tom Senker, president of Newton Medical Center.
In 2013, Newton Medical Center was named Top Hospital overall in New Jersey and No. 1 for hip and knee repair, treatment of prostate and breast cancers, neurological disorders, congestive heart failure treatment and high-risk pregnancy among hospitals with 350 beds or fewer by Inside Jersey magazine partnered with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.
“We encourage patients and the community to utilize the many resources available, such as the Leapfrog Group’s scores, to make informed choices about their health care,” said Paul Owens, MD, medical director for clinical affairs for Newton Medical Center. “As reflected in our score, patients will find that safety and quality are the highest priorities at Newton Medical Center and they can get that level of quality close to home.”
To see Newton Medical Center’s Hospital Safety ScoreSM ratings as it compares nationally and locally, and to find safety tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. Local hospitals’ scores are also available on the free mobile app, available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.
As the first and only hospital safety rating to be analyzed in the peer-reviewed Journal of Patient Safety, the Hospital Safety Score is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families. Calculated under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 general U.S. hospitals were assigned scores this fall. A full analysis of the data and methodology used is available on the Hospital Safety Score website.
“As patients begin to take a more active role in selecting where to receive health care, it has never been more important to focus on hospital safety and transparency. The ‘A’ hospitals, including Newton Medical Center, are helping us to raise the standards of health care nationwide,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog. “We offer our congratulations and hope the hospital will continue to strive for an ever-increasing level of excellence in patient safety.”
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.