Morristown and Overlook among the top 1% of U.S. Hospitals for Overall Clinical Excellence
Morristown & Summit, NJ (February 8, 2022) – Atlantic Health System, a nationally-recognized provider of health care, is the only system in New Jersey with hospitals -- Morristown Medical Center and Overlook Medical Center – achieving the Healthgrades 2022 America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award™, as announced today by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians, and health systems. This distinction places both Morristown and Overlook among the top 1% of nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide.
This is the seventh consecutive year that Healthgrades has recognized Morristown for its consistent, year-over-year superior clinical performance, and marks the third year in a row for Overlook. This also marks the first year that measures data in the first year of the pandemic (2018 through 2020).
“To achieve this consistent level of excellence for seven consecutive years reassures our communities that we are completely dedicated and focused on providing the highest quality standards, coordination of care, and the best possible patient outcomes,” said Trish O’Keefe, PhD, RN, president of Morristown Medical Center. “We are especially proud of our dedicated medical staff and clinical team members who consistently provide extraordinary care in a safe, healing environment for our patients and their loved ones, even through a pandemic that has stretched on for nearly two challenging years.”
“We are so proud to be recognized for quality, serving as a reminder of what makes us one of America’s best,” said Stephanie Schwartz, president of Overlook Medical Center. “We know that our team members provide extraordinary, high-quality care to our community, and this distinction exemplifies our dedication to safety and excellence. Certainly, the pandemic presented a myriad of challenges through which we endured and excelled by staying laser-focused on providing the very best care we can give.”
From 2018 through 2020, patients treated in hospitals achieving the Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals award, had, on average, a 21.7 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award, as measured across 19 rated conditions and procedures for which mortality is the outcome.*
During that same period, if all hospitals performed similarly to those achieving the award, 157,292 lives could potentially have been saved. For example, patients treated for heart failure in hospitals achieving the Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals award, have, on average, a 25.5 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.*
“Being among America’s 50 Best Hospitals is the pinnacle achievement from Healthgrades,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Head of Data Science at Healthgrades. “These hospitals are truly leading the nation and setting the standard for care delivery. We commend both Morristown and Overlook for their dedication to patient care and committing themselves to keeping their communities safe.”
Recipients of Healthgrades’ 50 Best Hospitals are recognized for overall clinical excellence and providing consistent, year-over-year, top-quality care across a broad spectrum of disease and surgical specialties. During the 2022 study period (MedPAR Fiscal Years 2018-2020), these hospitals showed superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients in the Medicare population across at least 21 of the most common inpatient conditions and procedures — as measured by objective performance data (risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications).
With tools like hospital ratings and awards, Healthgrades helps consumers make confident healthcare decisions by enabling the evaluation and comparison of hospital performance to find the highest quality care. Visit Healthgrades.com/quality/americas-best-hospitals for an in-depth look at Morristown and Overlook Medical Centers’ performance and profile to explore the highest quality care in New Jersey today. Consumers can also visit Healthgrades.com for more information on how Healthgrades measures hospital quality, and access the complete methodology here.
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 18,000 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 not-for-profit system offers more than 400 sites of care, including seven 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, Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown, NJ, and Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute in Madison, NJ.
Atlantic Medical Group, comprised of 1,000 physicians and advanced practice providers, represents one of the largest multi-specialty practices in New Jersey and joins Atlantic Accountable Care Organization and Optimus Healthcare Partners as part of Atlantic Alliance, a Clinically Integrated Network of more than 2,500 health care providers throughout northern and central NJ.
Atlantic Health System provides care for the full continuum of health care needs through 16 urgent care centers, Atlantic Visiting Nurse and Atlantic Anywhere Virtual Visits. 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 six 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 five health systems in the region.
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.
About Healthgrades and its methodology
Healthgrades is committed to delivering the most scientifically accurate and comprehensive information about doctors and hospitals – with data insights not available anywhere else. To assess overall hospital performance, Healthgrades reviewed outcomes across more than 31 of the most common procedures and conditions. Recipients of this award have consistently delivered better-than-expected outcomes for their patients year over year.
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*Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2018 through 2020 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.