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Three Atlantic Health System Medical Centers achieve Healthgrades 2024 Patient Safety Excellence Award

Chilton, Newton and Overlook Medical Centers Among Top Hospitals in Nation for Patient Safety

NEW JERSEY – Atlantic Health System, a leading provider of health care in New Jersey, Tuesday announced that Chilton Medical Center, Newton Medical Center and Overlook Medical Center have all been recognized by Healthgrades as 2024 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ recipients.

This distinction places these three Atlantic Health System hospitals among the top 10% — with Chilton and Overlook Medical Centers among the top 5% — of all short-term acute care hospitals as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading marketplace connecting patients and providers.

“Receiving this recognition once again is a direct result of making safety the priority within our patient-centered culture,” said Donna Lawson, Vice President, Quality and Patient Safety, Atlantic Health System. “Our teams at Chilton, Newton and Overlook Medical Centers are dedicated to ensuring exceptional quality and positive health outcomes for all who enter our system of care.”

Healthgrades evaluated risk-adjusted complication and mortality rates for approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide to determine this year’s top-performing hospitals for patient safety. During the 2020-2022 study period, nearly 170,000 potentially preventable safety events occurred among Medicare patients in U.S. hospitals, with four patient safety indicators accounting for close to 75% of these incidents.

Healthgrades’ analysis revealed that patients treated in hospitals receiving the 2024 Patient Safety Excellence Award have a significantly lower chance of experiencing one of the four leading safety indicators than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals:

  • In-hospital fall resulting in fracture (approximately 52% less likely)
  • Collapsed lung due to a procedure or surgery in or around the chest (approximately 56% less likely)
  • Pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital (approximately 67% less likely)
  • Catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired in the hospital (approximately 71% less likely)

“These Atlantic Health System hospitals have cultivated an outstanding safety culture that prioritizes the well-being of both patients and staff, setting a high standard for patient safety nationwide,” said Brad Bowman, MD, chief medical officer and head of data science at Healthgrades. “We’re proud to recognize Chilton, Newton and Overlook Medical Centers for providing top-quality care while preventing serious injuries to patients during their hospital stay.”

Where you’re treated matters, which is why Healthgrades is committed to providing the most scientifically accurate information about doctors and hospitals–with data insights not available anywhere else.

To learn more about how Healthgrades measures hospital quality, visit

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