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Morristown Medical Center’s Cardiovascular Surgery Program Recognized with Highest Honors by Prestigious Society of Thoracic Surgeons

August 29, 2018

National Recognition Based on Quality, Safety, and Outcomes Data

August 28, 2018, Morristown, NJ – Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center today announced that its cardiovascular surgery program has once again received three stars (the highest rating) in three categories – Isolated Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG), Isolated Aortic Valve Replacement (AVR) and combined CABG and AVR –  from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. The medical center received two stars in the Mitral Replacement/Repair and Mitral Replacement/Repair plus CABG categories. The ratings are based on data from January 2015-December 2017 (AVR and AVR + CABG) and January -December 2017 (CABG).

“This rating is one of the most sophisticated and widely regarded measures of quality in health care, and affirms our daily commitment to safety, quality, and positive outcomes,” said Linda Gillam, MD, MPH, Dorothy and Lloyd Huck Chair, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Medical Director Cardiovascular Service Line, Morristown Medical Center/ Atlantic Health System. “Only a small number of hospitals in the nation can say they are rated three stars by the STS in these categories, and we are proud to be among them.”

“2018 marks 30 years since the founding of the cardiac surgery program at Morristown Medical Center by Dr. Grant Parr, and we continue to be regional and national leaders in the breadth and quality of the procedures we provide our patients,” said Will Neate, Vice President, Physician Enterprise Strategy, Atlantic Medical Group, and Cardiology Service Line Director, Atlantic Health System.

Morristown Medical Center has long been recognized as a leader in cardiology and cardiac surgery, earning numerous awards and recognitions for its cardiovascular services. Notably,

  • Ranked one of the top 20 hospitals in the nation for cardiology & heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report
  • Performs more open-heart surgeries every year than any other cardiovascular surgery program in NJ, with consistently superior outcomes according to The Cardiac Surgery Consumer Report, compiled by the New Jersey Department of Health
  • Recipient of the American College of Cardiology's ACTION Registry®-GWTG™ Platinum Performance Achievement Award for improvement in the treatment of heart attack patients
  • Named one of 60 hospitals in the nation to receive the Gold Seal of Approval™ Disease-Specific Care Certification from The Joint Commission for its ventricular assist device (VAD) program

To accommodate the high volume of patients who choose Morristown Medical Center for their cardiac treatment, the best-in-class facility recently broke ground on a two-story expansion housing 72 private patient rooms and the latest imaging technology, which will open in 2019.

In addition, because of its volume and infrastructure to support research through the Atlantic Center for Research, Morristown Medical Center offers its patients access to many cutting edge approaches to diagnosis and management through its active research program. This includes devices like a catheter-based mitral valve replacement and tricuspid valve repair. The cardiac research team works in conjunction with strict United States Food and Drug Administration guidelines to ensure the safety of patients who participate in clinical trials.

Learn more about current trials for patients with aortic stenosis, mitral regurgitation, heart failure or cardiomyopathy or call the Valve Center at 973-971-7001.

Learn more about cardiac surgery at Morristown Medical Center or find a cardiac surgeon >

About Atlantic Health System

Atlantic Health System, headquartered in Morristown, N.J., is an integrated health care delivery system powered by a workforce of over 16,500 team members and 4,800 affiliated physicians dedicated to building healthier communities. The system serves a population of 5 million, with 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.

Atlantic Health System provides care for the full continuum of health care needs including 11 urgent care centers, 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.

In addition to the employed workforce, Atlantic Alliance, a Clinically Integrated Network represents more than 2,500 health care providers throughout northern and central NJ. Atlantic Health System leads the Healthcare Transformation Consortium, a partnership of 6 regional hospitals and health systems dedicated to improving access and affordability and is a founding member of both the PIER Consortium – Partners in Innovation, Education, and Research – a streamlined clinical trial system that will expand access to groundbreaking research across 6 health systems in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and AllSpire Health Partners, a consortium of 5 leading health care organizations dedicated to serving patients, families and communities in New Jersey, New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania.