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Atlantic Health System Hospitals Recognized for Clinical Excellence With Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award

January 20, 2018

Morristown and Summit, NJ – Morristown Medical Center and Overlook Medical Center, both part of Atlantic Health System, have received the 2018 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ from Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

This distinction – the eighth consecutive time for Morristown and the fifth consecutive time for Overlook – once again places the hospitals among the top 5percent for clinical performance among nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide.

“This recognition—our eighth in a row—should make patients secure in the high quality care our clinical team provides each day and night,” said Trish O’Keefe, PhD, RN, president, Morristown Medical Center. “This consecutive recognition is testament to our ongoing focus on safety and seamless care coordination in our healing environment.”

“Being named a Distinguished Hospital by Healthgrades now for a fifth year underscores our continued focus on professionalism, the commitment of our team members to continuous quality improvement and our involvement in novel research,” said Alan Lieber, president of Overlook Medical Center. “This recognition helps distinguish Overlook as a source of high quality health care and innovation that our communities can rely on.”

The 250 recipients of the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ stand out among the rest of U.S. hospitals for overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of care. During the 2018 study period (2014-2016), these hospitals showed superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients in the Medicare population across at least 21 of 32 of the most common inpatient conditions and procedures —as measured by objective clinical outcomes performance data (risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications).

“We commend hospitals that have achieved Healthgrades 2018 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence, demonstrating a steadfast commitment to high-quality care for their patients,” said Brad Bowman, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “Hospitals that meet these high-quality standards will continue to distinguish themselves with consumers making decisions about where to receive care.” 

From 2014-2016, patients treated in hospitals receiving the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence had, on average, a 26.3% lower risk of dying (across 19 procedures and conditions where mortality is the clinical outcome) than if they were treated in hospitals that did not achieve this distinction. Learn more about how Healthgrades determines Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ recipients >

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 350 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. Atlantic Health System also supports communities through Atlantic Medical Group, Atlantic Rehabilitation, Atlantic Home Care and Hospice, and its subsidiary, Atlantic Ambulance Corporation. Atlantic Health System sponsors the Atlantic Accountable Care Organization, one of the larger ACOs in the nation, and Optimus Healthcare Partners. 

*Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2014 through 2016 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.