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Morristown Medical Center Named a Top-5 Metro-Area Hospital for the Second Year in a Row by U.S. News & World Report

July 21, 2015

July 21, 2015, Morristown, NJ – Morristown Medical Center, part of Atlantic Health System (AHS), has been named a top-five New York metro-area hospital for the second year in a row by U.S. News & World Report. Accompanying this prestigious recognition, Morristown Medical Center was named one of the top 50 hospitals in the nation in Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Geriatrics, Orthopedics and Pulmonology, and received regional high-performing recognition in Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, and Urology. Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center received regional high-performing recognition in Neurology & Neurosurgery. 

These esteemed recognitions were announced today in the publication’s annual Best Hospitals list for 2015-16, which recognizes hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. 

“Five years ago, Morristown Medical Center broke into the top 50 hospital designation with its rankings in Cardiology & Heart Surgery. Our efforts throughout the organization in bringing together top physicians to work collaboratively and our investments in facilities and technology have resulted in national and regional acclaim, but we strive for more,” said Brian Gragnolati, President and CEO, Atlantic Health System. “I am working with leaders throughout AHS to determine not only how to maintain our national recognition for Morristown Medical Center, but how to enhance other key services throughout our system that are critical to patients and their families.”

In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized hospitals that perform nearly at the level of their nationally ranked peers in one or more specialties, as well as hospitals that excel in multiple common procedures and conditions. For 2015-16, U.S. News evaluated hospitals in 16 adult specialties and ranked the top 50 in most of the specialties. Less than three percent of the nearly 5,000 hospitals that were analyzed for Best Hospitals 2015-16 were nationally ranked in even one specialty.

How U.S. News & World Report recognized Morristown Medical Center:


  • Cardiology & Heart Surgery
  • Geriatrics
  • Orthopedics
  • Pulmonology    

Regional high-performing adult specialties recognized:

  • Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
  • Gynecology
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery
  • Urology

How U.S. News & World Report recognized Overlook Medical Center:

Regional high-performing adult specialties recognized:Neurology & Neurosurgery“A Best Hospital has demonstrated expertise in treating the most challenging patients,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “A hospital that emerged from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of.”

About U.S. News Best Hospitals

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 extra risk because of age or multiple health problems. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, adequacy of nurse staffing 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. U.S. News used the same data, as well as the new Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings, first published in May, to produce the state and metro rankings. The rankings are available at and will appear in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2016” guidebook, available in August from the U.S. News Store.

About Atlantic Health System

Atlantic Health System, headquartered in Morristown, New Jersey, is one of the largest non-profit healthcare systems in New Jersey. It includes 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; and Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown, NJ, as well as Atlantic Rehabilitation, and Atlantic Home Care and Hospice. It also includes its subsidiary, Atlantic Ambulance Corporation.  Atlantic Health System comprises 1,599 licensed beds, more than 14,000 employees and more than 4,000 physicians. Atlantic Health System has a medical school affiliation with the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University; a Major Clinical Affiliate of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey; part of Atlantic Accountable Care Organization, one of the largest ACOs in the nation, and is a member of AllSpire Health Partners.