Atlantic Health System announced on Tuesday Morristown Medical Center and Overlook Medical Center were the only hospitals in New Jersey to achieve the Healthgrades 2019 America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award and America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award, respectively.
In a press release, Atlantic Health said Morristown Medical Center was the only hospital in the state to be recognized as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for the fourth consecutive year. Overlook Medical Center was recognized as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for the third year in a row.
The distinction places Morristown Medical Center in the top one percent and Overlook Medical Center in the top two percent of hospitals in the nation for clinical performance.
“Morristown Medical Center is committed to the highest quality standards, clinical excellence, and coordinated care — driven by the partnership between our medical staff and clinical team,” said Trish O’Keefe, president of Morristown Medical Center. “As one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals, we will continue to foster a safe, healing environment for our patients and communities, and create and implement best practices we can share with hospitals across the nation.”
“Overlook’s recognition, now three years running, as one of ‘America’s 100 Best Hospitals,’ is a clear indicator to our patients, their families and our community that Overlook is the place to turn to for high quality, compassionate care,” said Alan Lieber, president of Overlook Medical Center. “Our focus on quality and a culture of innovation has led widespread recognition of Overlook as the region’s premier provider of care.”
More than 4,500 hospitals nationwide were assessed across 19 conditions and procedures by Healthgrades, an online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Atlantic Health System hospitals were recognized out of 68 eligible hospitals in the New York-New Jersey area to make the lists.
Recipients of the Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award and America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award are recognized for overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of care. During the 2019 study period (2015 through 2017), these hospitals showed superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients in the Medicare population across at least 21 of 32 most common inpatient conditions and procedures — as measured by objective performance data (risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications).