One of 36 Hospitals Nationwide to Achieve Recognition

MORRISTOWN, NJ  – Morristown Medical Center, the flagship hospital of Atlantic Health System, on Thursday announced its recognition as a top teaching hospital by The Leapfrog Group for a second straight year. The medical center is one of only 36 in the nation to achieve this honor.

“Morristown Medical Center is pleased to have again been recognized as one of the Top Teaching Hospitals in the nation,” said Louis Brusco Jr., MD, Chief Medical Officer, Morristown Medical Center, and clinical associate professor of anesthesiology at Sydney Kimmel. “This recognition is based on rigorous quality and safety data and highlights our clinical team’s commitment to positive outcomes for our patients and the community. This dedication to excellence is something we aim to inspire in each medical student, resident and fellow that we have the privilege of teaching.” 

Atlantic Health System has a partnership with Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pa. Morristown Medical Center will serve as a branch campus beginning in July, allowing students to complete their third and fourth years of clinical training at the new Sidney Kimmel/Thomas Jefferson-Atlantic Health campus.

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“As one of America’s 50 best hospitals, it’s our responsibility to promote a culture of continuous learning and discovery and teach tomorrow’s clinical staff how to provide exceptional patient care,” said Trish O’Keefe, PhD, RN, president of Morristown Medical Center.

Students choosing to pursue a career in medicine as a fellow or resident at Morristown Medical Center have access to the following:

  • Weekly conferences, daily teaching rounds, grand rounds and mortality and morbidity conferences. Academic conferences and presentations are led by distinguished scholars, visiting professors and physicians.
  • Research resources: The hospital has a Research Committee, and the Atlantic Center for Research will serve as a resource for both new and established investigators, as well as facilitate collaborative efforts and coordinate administrative matters relating to human subject research. Specialized services such as biomedical communications, biostatistics and proposal development are also available.
  • A health science library with over 380 journal subscriptions, two full-time professional librarians; database searching instruction and access to patient record information.
  • Practice development and management sessions, which cover topics relevant to setting up a practice or joining an existing practice. Provides assistance in practice location and matches up residents with physicians.

“We are proud to recognize Morristown Medical Center as a 2017 Leapfrog top hospital," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog. "This demonstrates extraordinary dedication to patients and the local community. The entire staff and board deserve praise for putting quality first and achieving results.”

Read more about the top hospital methodology. To qualify for the top hospitals distinction, eligible medical institutions must submit a Leapfrog hospital survey. Nearly 1,900 hospitals submitted surveys this year. For a full list of those honored this year, visit

More information about medical education opportunities at Atlantic Health System is available here.