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Atlantic Health System Medical Centers Recognized with “A” Hospital Safety Grade

November 8, 2018

Morristown, Overlook and Chilton Medical Centers Among Top Hospitals in Nation for Safety by The Leapfrog Group

November 8, 2018, Morristown, NJ – Atlantic Health System, an integrated health care delivery system, today announced Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center and Chilton Medical Center earned the highest possible safety rating of ‘A’ by The Leapfrog Group in its Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grades. Chilton Medical Center’s ‘A’ rating is an increase from this past Spring, while Morristown Medical Center and Overlook Medical Center have maintained their top-level, ‘A’ scores. The three medical centers join 855 hospitals, nationwide, with ‘A’ grades.

“Atlantic Health System is dedicated to providing the highest quality care and service when members of our communities walk through our doors,” said Amy Perry, CEO Hospital Division, Senior Vice President, Integrated Care Delivery, Atlantic Health System. “These prestigious grades reflect the tireless commitment of our caregivers to the safety of the patients and families who trust us with their care.”

Developed under the guidance of a Blue Ribbon National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals, twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public. The grade is based on hospitals’ performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harm.

“Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades recognize hospitals like Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center and Chilton Medical Center, that focus on advancing patient safety. This ranking provides an important resource for patients, and a benchmark for hospitals, to determine how care at one hospital compares to others in a region,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an A Hospital Safety Grade deserve to be recognized for their efforts in preventing medical harm and errors.”

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.

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.