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Morristown Medical Center Earns Five-Star Rating from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

February 12, 2020

 CMS Ratings Assist Patients and Caregivers in Finding Superior Health Care

Morristown, NJ—February 11, 2020—Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center is one of only two hospitals in New Jersey to earn the prestigious five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) Hospital Compare Program, the latest recognition for a hospital ranked number one in the state by U.S. News & World Report.

The CMS five-star rating, which is the highest possible, is the latest recognition for Morristown Medical Center, which is frequently acknowledged for its quality care by various national media and leading watchdog organizations, including Newsweek, Healthgrades, and Leapfrog. The hospital is regularly lauded for cardiology and heart surgery, as well as orthopedics and oncology. 

“At Morristown Medical Center, we are continuously exploring new ways of caring for our patients to ensure positive outcomes and delivering extraordinary caring in our safe, healing environment. We are proud of the fact that we have been consistently recognized for our commitment to quality and patient safety,” said Trish O’Keefe, Ph.D., RN, president, Morristown Medical Center, vice president, Atlantic Health System. “This sustained recognition reflects the deep commitment to excellence made to each and every patient by our physicians, nurses and dedicated caregivers.” 

CMS, a federal agency that regulates and oversees the nation’s hospitals, employs this star-rating system to help patients and caregivers find institutions with the best care. Of the 4,586 hospitals included in the star ratings, just 407 scored five stars. Two other Atlantic Health System hospitals, Newton Medical Center and Summit’s Overlook Medical Center, attained four-star ratings.

The overall CMS hospital rating summarizes a variety of quality measures reflecting common conditions that many hospitals, like Morristown and others, treat. Key quality measures include mortality, safety of care, readmission, patient experience, effectiveness of care, timeliness of care and efficient use of medical imaging. The star rating shows how well each hospital performed, on average, compared to hospitals across the country. 

About Morristown Medical Center

Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center, located in Morristown, NJ, is a nationally-ranked regional medical center and a recognized leader in cardiovascular medicine, orthopedics, gastroenterology, geriatrics, and nursing. The hospital was rated the number one hospital in the state of New Jersey by U.S. News & World Report and Castle Connolly, as well as top 50 in orthopedics and cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report, named as one America's 50 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades for the past five years, and was named to Becker's Healthcare 2019 list of "100 great hospitals in America.” It is recognized for its exceptional quality by The Leapfrog Group and Vizient, among others.

Morristown Medical Center’s Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute performs more cardiac surgeries than any other hospital in New Jersey, placing its cardiac program in the top two percent in the country. Its cardiology and oncology service lines bring first-in-world and first-in-nation clinical trials to the community, led by internationally recognized physician leaders. The Atlantic Orthopedic Institute at Morristown Medical Center does the highest volume of joint and spine surgeries in New Jersey. 

The hospital is a five-time Magnet Hospital for Excellence in Nursing Service (a recognition earned by less than one percent of hospitals nationwide), the highest level of recognition by American Nurses Credentialing Center for facilities that provide acute care services. Morristown Medical Center is certified as a Level I Regional Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons and designated a Level II Trauma Center by the state of New Jersey.

About Atlantic Health System

Atlantic Health System has a long-standing tradition of providing exceptional patient outcomes and experiences. Home to seven award-winning hospitals including Morristown Medical Center, the number one hospital in NJ according to U.S. News & World Report, Castle Connolly and Newsweek’s World’s Best Hospitals, the system has been ranked first in New Jersey in consumer preference by Monigle and first among health systems in New Jersey as a “best workplace” by both Modern Healthcare and Fortune Magazine.Many of the system’s programs have received national accolades and designations, including Morristown Medical Center’s Cardiology and Heart Surgery program ranked among the top 30 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report; Morristown Medical Center’s Orthopedics program ranked among the top 35 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report and Atlantic Health System’s Cancer Care program, New Jersey’s first and only National Cancer Institute National Community Oncology Research Program. Additionally, Atlantic Health System Neuroscience at Overlook Medical Center, working with Atlantic Mobile Health, was the first in the nation to deploy and use portable Telestroke technology in ambulances for routine pre-hospital assessment of stroke patients.

Powered by a passionate workforce of 17,000 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 provides care for the full continuum of health needs across a wide array of settings, including Atlantic Medical Group, one of the largest multi-specialty practices in New Jersey with more than 1,000 physicians and providers, 12 urgent care centers, Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute, Atlantic Home Care and Hospice and Atlantic Anywhere’s Virtual Visits. Facilitating connections between these services on both land and air is the transportation fleet of Atlantic Mobile Health.

With a clear sense of purpose and an unparalleled culture, Atlantic Health System attracts top leaders in the field of health care, from CEO Brian Gragnolati, who was Chairman of the American Hospital Association in 2019, to the numerous team members who serve as leaders across national clinical associations and research entities.