April 24, 2018, Morristown, NJ – Atlantic Health System, an integrated health care delivery system, today announced Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center and Newton Medical Center earned the highest possible safety rating of ‘A’ by The Leapfrog Group in its Spring 2018 Hospital Safety Grades. Overlook Medical Center’s ‘A’ rating is an increase from last year, while Morristown Medical Center and Newton Medical Center have maintained their top-level, ‘A’ scores. The three medical centers join 750 hospitals, nationwide, with ‘A’ grades.
Reflecting Atlantic Health System’s commitment to system-wide safety, Chilton Medical Center and Hackettstown Medical Center also raised their scores from last year.
“Atlantic Health System is dedicated to building healthier communities and providing our patients with the highest quality health care,” said Amy Perry, Senior Vice President, Integrated Care Delivery, CEO Hospital Division, Atlantic Health System. “These leading scores reflect the outstanding care and compassion provided by our team every day.”
Developed under the guidance of a Blue Ribbon National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals, twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. The grade is based on hospitals’ performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harm.
“It takes consistent, unwavering dedication to patients to achieve the highest standards of patient safety. An ‘A’ Safety Grade recognizes hospitals for this accomplishment,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the clinicians, Board, management and staff of Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center and Newton Medical Center for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first.”
About Atlantic Health System
Atlantic Health System, headquartered in Morristown, N.J., is an integrated health care delivery system powered by a workforce of 16,000 team members dedicated to building healthier communities. The system is comprised of over 400 sites of care, including six hospitals: Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center, Newton Medical Center, Chilton Medical Center, Hackettstown Medical Center and Goryeb Children’s Hospital. It also includes Atlantic Alliance, a Clinically Integrated Network representing 2,500 health care providers throughout northern and central NJ. This network includes more than 900 physicians and providers within the Atlantic Medical Group, as well as members of the Atlantic Accountable Care Organization and Optimus Healthcare Partners which work to enhance patient care delivery. Atlantic Health System also supports communities through Atlantic Rehabilitation and Atlantic Home Care and Hospice. Facilitating the connection between these services on both land and air is the transportation fleet of Atlantic Mobile Health. Atlantic Health System is a founding member of AllSpire Health Partners, a consortium of five leading health care organizations from the New Jersey, New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania region.
About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.