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Three Atlantic Health System Medical Centers earn ‘A’ grades for safety from Leapfrog Group

MORRISTOWN, NJ (Morris County) – Atlantic Health System, an integrated health care delivery system, announced Thursday Morristown Medical CenterNewton Medical Center and Chilton Medical Center once again earned the highest possible safety rating of ‘A’ by the Leapfrog Group in its Fall 2019 Hospital Safety Grades.

All three hospitals maintained their top-level, ‘A’ scores for the 2019 year.

Overlook Medical Center received a ‘B’ rating, and Hackettstown Medical Center received a ‘C’ rating.

“Patient safety and meeting the highest quality standards are our top priorities for Atlantic Health System,” said Amy Perry, CEO Hospital Division, Senior Vice President, Integrated Care Delivery, Atlantic Health System. “This achievement would not be possible without the consistent collaboration of our team members and physicians whose unwavering commitment to our patients, their families and the communities we serve is displayed daily.”

Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

“‘A’ hospitals show us their leadership protecting patients from preventable medical harm and error,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “It takes genuine commitment at every level – from clinicians to administrators to the board of directors – and we congratulate the teams who have worked so hard to earn this A.”

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 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 offers 400 sites of care, including six 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 and Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown, NJ.

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