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Two Atlantic Health System hospitals rank in top four in New Jersey by U.S. News & World Report

Morristown Medical Center doubles national recognitions and Overlook Medical Center climbs state rankings

NEW JERSEY  – Atlantic Health System announced Tuesday that it is the only health care system in New Jersey to have two of its hospitals, Morristown Medical Center and Overlook Medical Center, ranked within the top four hospitals in New Jersey by U.S. News & World Report in its 2023-2024 Best Hospital rankings.

The medical centers join the rest of Atlantic Health System’s hospitals in offering patients expanded access to clinical care that is amongst the best in the nation.

Morristown Medical Center doubled its number of national recognitions from U.S. News in this year’s rankings to six, the highest number among acute care hospitals in New Jersey. Morristown now ranks as one of the 50 best hospitals in the nation for Orthopedics (#26), Obstetrics and Gynecology (#36), Cardiology, Heart & Vascular Surgery (#44), Pulmonology & Lung Surgery (#44), Geriatrics (#46), and Ear Nose & Throat (#46). Morristown Medical Center was also ranked the number nine hospital in the New York Metro area.

Overlook Medical Center remained highly ranked in New Jersey and within the region, climbing one spot to the #4 hospital in New Jersey and four spots to 18th in the New York Metro area. Overlook was recognized as high-performing in four adult specialties: Gastroenterology and GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Neurology and Neurosurgery and Orthopedics.

These recognitions are among the dozens of U.S. News & World Report honors earned by all Atlantic Health System medical centers this year.

Atlantic Health System’s Chilton Medical Center was recognized as high-performing in two areas: Orthopedics and Stroke. Newton Medical Center was recognized as high-performing in two areas: Diabetes and Stroke. Hackettstown Medical Center received one high-performing rating: Kidney Failure, and Atlantic Health System partner CentraState Medical Center was recognized as high-performing in Stroke.

Morristown Medical Center was also recognized as high-performing in 17 common adult procedures and conditions: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair, Aortic Valve Surgery, Colon Cancer Surgery, Diabetes, Heart Attack, Heart Bypass Surgery, Heart Failure, Hip Fracture, Hip Replacement, Kidney Failure, Knee Replacement, Leukemia Lymphoma & Myeloma, Lung Cancer Surgery, Pneumonia, Prostate Cancer Surgery, Stroke and TAVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement).

It was also recognized as a high-performing hospital in three adult specialties: Gastroenterology and GI Surgery, Neurology & Neurosurgery, and Urology.

“Our commitment to our patients is to provide the highest quality, innovative care, and today’s recognition shows that our exceptional team of medical, clinical, and support professionals ranks amongst the very best in the nation,” said Trish O’Keefe, PhD, RN, President, Morristown Medical Center. “To be recognized in so many clinical areas sends a strong message – that no matter what patients need, we stand ready to deliver extraordinary care for them and their families. I am so proud of the team at Morristown on achieving this remarkable accomplishment.”

Additionally, U.S. News & World Report recognized Overlook as high-performing in 11 common adult procedures and conditions: Colon Cancer Surgery, COPD, Diabetes, Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Hip Fracture, Kidney Failure, Knee Replacement, Leukemia, Lymphoma & Myeloma, Pneumonia, and Stroke.

“Our consistently high rankings highlight the excellence in care and superior outcomes that happen every day at Overlook, and the commitment of our team to providing an exceptional experience for our patients and their loved ones,” said Stephanie Schwartz, FACHE, President of Overlook Medical Center. “These are principles we will continue to keep at the forefront of our work and will guide the transformation and enhancements now underway at Overlook.”

“Every day, our remarkable team delivers on our mission of building healthier communities,” said Brian Gragnolati, President and CEO, Atlantic Health System. “We are proud to see their talent and dedication once again recognized by U.S. News, and honored to continue caring for every patient and family who entrust us with their care.”

The annual Best Hospitals rankings and ratings are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for challenging health conditions or for common elective procedures. The U.S. News Best Hospitals methodologies in most areas of care are based largely on objective measures such as risk-adjusted survival and discharge-to-home rates, volume, and quality of nursing, among other care-related indicators.

For the 2023-2024 rankings and ratings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 hospitals across 15 specialties and 21 procedures and conditions; only 12% of evaluated hospitals earned a Best Hospitals ranking. Hospitals awarded a “Best” designation excelled at factors such as clinical outcomes, level of nursing care and patient experience.

“For 34 years, U.S. News has provided data-informed rankings to help patients and their doctors find the best hospital to treat their illness or condition,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis and managing editor at U.S. News.

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