Atlantic Health System, an integrated health care delivery system, announced on Tuesday that Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center and Newton Medical Center earned the highest possible safety rating of "A" by The Leapfrog Group in its spring 2018 hospital safety grades. 

Overlook Medical Center’s ‘A’ rating is an increase from last year, while Morristown Medical Center and Newton Medical Center have maintained their top-level "A" scores. The three medical centers join 750 hospitals nationwide, that also received "A" grades.

Reflecting Atlantic Health System’s commitment to systemwide safety, Chilton Medical Center and Hackettstown Medical Center also raised their scores from last year.

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“Atlantic Health System is dedicated to building healthier communities and providing our patients with the highest quality health care,” said Amy Perry, senior vice president of Integrated Care Delivery and CEO of Atlantic Health System's Hospital Division. “These leading scores reflect the outstanding care and compassion provided by our team every day.”

Developed under the guidance of a Blue Ribbon National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog hospital safety grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign "A," "B," "C," "D" and "F" grades to more than 2,600 US hospitals, twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. The grade is based on hospitals’ performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harm.

"It takes consistent, unwavering dedication to patients to achieve the highest standards of patient safety. An "A" safety grade recognizes hospitals for this accomplishment,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

“We congratulate the clinicians, board, management and staff of Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center and Newton Medical Center for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first.”

About Atlantic Health System

Atlantic Health System, headquartered in Morristown, is an integrated health care delivery system powered by a workforce of 16,000 team members dedicated to building healthier communities. The system is comprised of over 400 sites of care, including six hospitals: Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center, Newton Medical Center, Chilton Medical Center, Hackettstown Medical Center and Goryeb Children’s Hospital. 

It also includes Atlantic Alliance, a clinically-integrated network representing 2,500 health care providers throughout northern and central New Jersey. This network includes more than 900 physicians and providers within the Atlantic Medical Group, as well as members of the Atlantic Accountable Care Organization and Optimus Healthcare Partners which work to enhance patient care delivery. 

Atlantic Health System also supports communities through Atlantic Rehabilitation and Atlantic Home Care and Hospice. Facilitating the connection between these services on land and in the air is the transportation fleet of Atlantic Mobile Health. Atlantic Health System is a founding member of AllSpire Health Partners, a consortium of five leading health care organizations from regions in New Jersey, New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania.