Morristown Medical Center Breaks Into the Elite Top Five Medical Centers in the New York Metro Area According to U.S. News & World Report 2014-15 Best Hospital Rankings

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Hospital Ranked Among Top 50 in Nation in Cardiology and Heart Surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Orthopedics and Pulmonology

“Now with five top 50 programs, our focus on outcomes, and the launch of our 100 million dollar campaign, people around the country are beginning to take notice of MMC,” said David Shulkin, MD, president, Morristown Medical Center.

Morristown Medical Center (MMC) has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top five New York metro area hospitals and one of the best hospitals in the nation for 2014-15 in Cardiology and Heart Surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Orthopedics and Pulmonology, as reported today in the publication’s annual Best Hospitals list for 2014-15. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in its 25th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.

“With the latest US News & World Report rankings showing that Morristown Medical Center now has five specialty areas in the top 50 hospitals in the country, MMC has solidified its role as a preeminent medical destination,” said David Shulkin, MD, president, Morristown Medical Center and vice president, Atlantic Health System. “Just four years ago, Morristown broke into the top 50 hospital designation with its rankings in Cardiology and Heart Surgery. Our efforts in bringing national-level physician recruitments and our investments in facilities and technology have resulted in taking our medical center to a new level,” continued Shulkin.

For 2014-15, U.S. News evaluated hospitals in 16 adult specialties and ranked the top 50 in most of the specialties. Just three percent of the nearly 5,000 hospitals that were analyzed for Best Hospitals 2014-15 earned national ranking in even one specialty.

U.S. News also recognizes hospitals that represent valuable regional sources of quality care. Morristown Medical Center ranked high-performing regionally in Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & GI surgery, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery and Urology.

These accolades are the latest in a series of commendations for Morristown Medical Center’s dedication to quality care for patients and families. Just last month, Morristown received Magnet Status recognition for a fourth consecutive time as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care. Only seven percent of hospitals worldwide receive the designation, and of those, less than one percent has received it four times. Also this spring, Morristown was recognized by Consumer Reports with the highest safety score in the tri state area and ranked by physicians as the top hospital in New Jersey for the fourth consecutive year by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., one of the nation’s most respected health care research and information companies.

“Each year since 2011, Morristown Medical Center has been recognized for a growing number of elite programs,” Dr. Shulkin said. “Now with five top 50 programs, our focus on outcomes, and the launch of our 100 million dollar campaign, people around the country are beginning to take notice of MMC.”

“The data tell the story – a hospital that emerged from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of,” says U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “A Best Hospital has demonstrated its expertise in treating the most challenging patients.”

How U.S. News & World Report ranked Morristown Medical Center:

  •     Cardiology & Heart Surgery (#31)
  •     Geriatrics (#41)
  •     Gynecology (#35)
  •     Orthopedics (#29)
  •     Pulmonology (#45)

Regional high-performing adult specialties recognized:

  •     Cancer
  •     Diabetes & Endocrinology
  •     Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
  •     Nephrology
  •     Neurology & Neurosurgery
  •     Urology

U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition or extra risk because of age or multiple health problems. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.

The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Using the same data, U.S. News produced the state and metro rankings. The rankings are freely available at and will appear in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2015” guidebook, available in August.

About Morristown Medical Center
Morristown Medical Center, located in Morristown, NJ, is part of Atlantic Health System, one of the largest non-profit health care systems in New Jersey. Accredited by The Joint Commission, the hospital was recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a top hospital nationwide for cardiology and heart surgery, gynecology, geriatrics, orthopedics and pulmonology. Morristown Medical Center also ranked as a “Best Regional Hospital” for cancer, diabetes & endocrinology, neurology and neurosurgery, as well as gastroenterology & GI Surgery, nephrology and urology. Morristown Medical Center’s Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute performs more cardiac surgeries than any other hospital in New Jersey, placing its cardiac program in the top two percent in the country. Morristown Medical Center is verified as a Level I Regional Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons and designated a Level II by the state of New Jersey and was re-designated a Magnet Hospital for Excellence in Nursing Service, the highest level of recognition by American Nurses Credentialing Center for facilities that provide acute care services, a distinction awarded to less than five percent of U.S. hospitals. For more information, please visit For more information, visit

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