U.S. News & World Report Cites Morristown Medical Center for Excellence in ‘Common Care’

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Morristown Medical Center was one of 34 hospitals nationwide, and one of only two in New Jersey, that were recognized as “High Performing” in all five common surgical procedures and chronic conditions measured by excellence in U.S. News & World Report’s new “Best Hospitals for Common Care" list.

"The new ranking by US News & World Report further demonstrates how the patient care we provide has elevated Morristown Medical Center to be recognized as one of the best in the nation.,” David Shulkin, MD, president of Morristown Medical Center.

Morristown Medical Center, part of Atlantic Health System, one of the largest non-profit health care systems in New Jersey, was named among an elite group of hospitals throughout the nation for excellence in U.S. News & World Report’s new “Best Hospitals for Common Care" list.

Morristown Medical Center was one of 34 hospitals nationwide, and one of only two in New Jersey, that were recognized as “High Performing” in all five common surgical procedures and chronic conditions. These five areas include three common operations – heart bypass, hip replacement and knee replacement – and two widespread chronic conditions – congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.

"The new ranking by US News & World Report further demonstrates how the patient care we provide has elevated Morristown Medical Center to be recognized as one of the best in the nation,” said David Shulkin, MD, president of Morristown Medical Center, and vice president of Atlantic Health System. “Year after year, we have made investments in our programs, facilities and technology, recruited the best and brightest physicians, nurses and staff, and focused on quality and outcomes. Through all of this and more, people around the country are beginning to take notice of Morristown Medical Center."

U.S. News developed the new ratings to help patients easily identify hospitals in their communities that excel in treating common conditions. Hospitals were not rated in a procedure or condition if they treated too few patients of that type for U.S. News to conduct a rigorous statistical analysis.

“It’s important for patients, in consultation with their doctors, to be able to research a hospital and know the hospital has treated a sufficient number of patients like them,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis for U.S. News. “Our Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings give patients access to more information and help them make more-informed choices among the hospitals in their communities.”

Last July, Morristown Medical Center was 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 & Heart Surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Orthopedics and Pulmonology, as reported today in the publication’s annual Best Hospitals list for 2014-15. Morristown Medical Center also ranked high-performing regionally in Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & GI surgery, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery and Urology. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. The next Best Hospitals list will be available this July.

This new accolade is the latest in a series of commendations for Morristown Medical Center’s dedication to quality care for patients and families. Earlier this year, the hospital was ranked by physicians as the top hospital in New Jersey for the fifth consecutive year by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., one of the nation’s most respected health care research and information companies. Among hospitals with more than 350 beds, Morristown Medical Center was also top hospital for the treatment of breast, prostate and pediatric cancers, bypass surgery, hip and knee replacement, and the treatment of congestive heart failure, high-risk pregnancies, strokes and neurological disorders.

Also this year, Morristown Medical Center was designated a Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence™ (DICOE) by the American College of Radiology (ACR), and also recently earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Wound Care Certification.

About U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report is a digital news and information company that empowers people to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. Focusing on Education, Health, Personal Finance, Travel, Cars and News & Opinion, http://www.usnews.com provides consumer advice, rankings, news and analysis to serve people making complex decisions throughout all stages of life. 30 million people visit http://www.usnews.com each month for research and guidance. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

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, which also includes Overlook Medical Center in Summit, Newton Medical Center, Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains and Goryeb Children’s Hospital. Accredited by The Joint Commission, Morristown Medical Center 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. The Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown Medical Center encompasses the largest cardiovascular program in New Jersey, performing more than 1,500 heart surgeries annually, more than any other cardiovascular facility in the state. 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. To learn more about Morristown Medical Center, please visit: http://www.atlantichealth.org/morristown.

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