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Newton Medical Center Nationally Recognized for Patient Safety

May 15, 2019

Hospital Receives Top Honors from Healthgrades and The Leapfrog Group

Newton, NJ – Atlantic Health System’s Newton Medical Center today announced that it has been nationally recognized for patient safety by Healthgrades as a recipient of the 2019 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM for the second year in a row, and The Leapfrog Group, earning the highest possible safety rating of ‘A’ in its Spring 2019 Hospital Safety Grades.

The Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM places Newton Medical Center among the top 5% of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals. During the study period (2015 to 2017), Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient hospitals demonstrated excellent performance in safety provided for patients in the Medicare population, as measured by objective outcomes (risk-adjusted patient safety indicator rates) for 14 patient safety indicators defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Developed under the guidance of a 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. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

“We are honored to receive this recognition by Healthgrades for the second year in a row and attain this prestigious grade from The Leapfrog Group for the sixth time,” said Joe DiPaolo, president of Newton Medical Center. “These achievements are a direct result of the unwavering commitment from the entire team at Newton Medical Center, whose seamless collaboration and expertise translate to patients receiving the highest level of care."

Newton Medical Center has made significant strides to achieve the highest safety standards in patient safety. In early 2018, Newton began its journey to be a High Reliability Organization (HRO) and to date, all employees and medical staff have taken the required four-hour training program to further enhance the focus on patient care.

Newton Medical Center’s sister hospital, Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ, also received the Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award.

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*Statistics are calculated from Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence Award methodology which is based primarily on AHRQ technical specifications (Version 5e and 2018) to MedPAR data for years 2015 through 2017 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

About Atlantic Health System

Atlantic Health System is at the forefront of medicine, setting standards for quality health care in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the New York metropolitan area. Powered by a workforce of more than 16,800 team members and 4,800 affiliated physicians dedicated to building healthier communities, Atlantic Health System serves more than half of the state of New Jersey including 11 counties and 4.9 million people. The system offers more than 400 sites of care, including six hospitals: 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, Hackettstown Medical Center in Hackettstown, NJ and Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown, NJ.

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. This network includes 1,000 physicians and providers comprising one of the largest multi-specialty practices in New Jersey - 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 provides care for the full continuum of health care needs including 12 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.

Atlantic Health System leads the Healthcare Transformation Consortium, a partnership of seven regional hospitals and health systems dedicated to improving access and affordability and is a founding member of the PIER Consortium – Partners in Innovation, Education, and Research – a streamlined clinical trial system that will expand access to groundbreaking research across seven health systems in New Jersey.

Atlantic Health System has a medical school affiliation with Thomas Jefferson University and is home to the regional campus of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Morristown and Overlook Medical Centers and is the official health care partner of the New York Jets.