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Atlantic Health System hospitals score their highest marks ever from Leapfrog Safety Grades

NEW JERSEY – Atlantic Health System, an integrated care delivery system in New Jersey, scored its highest marks ever throughout their five medical centers – four ‘A’ grades and a ‘B’ –  by The Leapfrog Group in its Spring 2023 Hospital Safety Grades.

Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center, Newton Medical Center and Chilton Medical Center all scored ‘A’ grades; Hackettstown Medical Center scored a ‘B’ for the second consecutive period.

“These unprecedented grades for our hospitals underscore the commitment Atlantic Health System has toward safety,” said Scott Leighty, Executive Vice President and Chief Health System Officer, Atlantic Health System. “It’s a clear reflection of the quality care and attention to safety that patients and their loved ones receive each day from our talented physicians, nurses, leaders and other team members across each of our medical centers.”

The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to general hospitals across the country based on more than 30 national performance measures reflecting errors, accidents, injuries and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.

Three of Atlantic Health’s ‘A’ graded facilities have earned top marks for consecutive scoring periods including Morristown Medical Center’s maintained ‘A’ Grade since Fall 2015, Chilton Medical Center’s consecutive ‘A’ since Fall 2018 and Overlook Medical Center’s ‘A’ since Spring 2021.

“This new update of Hospital Safety Grades shows that, at the national level, we saw deterioration in patient safety with the pandemic,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “But four of five Atlantic Health System hospitals received an ‘A’ despite those challenges. I congratulate all the leaders, staff, volunteers and clinicians who together made that possible.”

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harms to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.

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