Atlantic Health System’s Chilton Medical Center has announced it is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2020 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM. This distinction places Chilton Medical Center among the top 10% of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems.

“Earning this prestigious recognition from Healthgrades reinforces our message to the community that meeting the highest quality and safety standards are top priorities at Chilton Medical Center,” said Stephanie Schwartz, President, Chilton Medical Center. “It also reflects the consistent collaboration between our physicians, nurses, and team members to deliver safe and extraordinary care to our patients.”

Healthgrades based this award on a review of 14 patient safety indicators within the Medicare inpatient population among approximately 4,500 U.S. hospitals. Inpatient data was collected from the Medicare fiscal years 2016-2018 measuring “the rate at which serious, potentially preventable complications and adverse events occur,” according to Healthgrades’ methodology.

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“Patient safety ratings evaluate the safety and quality of care at a hospital by measuring the rate at which serious, potentially preventable complications and adverse events occurred in the hospital,” according to the 2020 Healthgrades’ Methodology Report for Patient Safety Excellence. In addition to outstanding scores through their methodology, there are extensive requirements for eligibility of Healthgrades’ Patient Safety Excellence Award. This includes a high standard quality threshold, zero occurrences of foreign objects left during surgery or procedure, adequate sample size for statistical evaluation, and robust data collection.

Chilton Medical Center has made significant strides to achieve the highest standards in quality and patient safety. In 2019, Chilton – along with its four affiliated hospitals at Atlantic Health System – began its journey to become a High Reliability Organization (HRO). To date, all employees and medical staff have taken the required four-hour training program to further enhance the focus on patient care. Earlier this year, Chilton also received the highest possible safety rating of ‘A’ by The Leapfrog Group in its Spring 2020 Hospital Safety Grades for the fourth consecutive time and was designated as a Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

“Consumers might not know that information around patient safety is readily available and should be considered when researching healthcare options,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “We commend the recipients of the 2020 Patient Safety Excellence Award for their dedication to providing excellent care for their patients.”

View Healthgrades hospital quality methodologies.

*Statistics are calculated from Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence Award methodology which is based primarily on AHRQ technical specifications (Version 2019.0.1) to MedPAR data for years 2016 through 2018 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

About Atlantic Health System 

Atlantic Health System has a long-standing tradition of providing exceptional patient outcomes and experiences. Home to seven award-winning hospitals including Morristown Medical Center, the number one hospital in NJ according to U.S. News & World Report, Castle Connolly and Newsweek’s World’s Best Hospitals, the system has been ranked first in New Jersey in consumer preference by Monigle and first among health systems in New Jersey as a “best workplace” by both Modern Healthcare and Fortune Magazine.

Many of the system’s programs have received national accolades and designations, including Morristown Medical Center’s Cardiology and Heart Surgery program ranked among the top 30 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report; Morristown Medical Center’s Orthopedics program ranked among the top 35 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report and Atlantic Health System’s Cancer Care program, New Jersey’s first and only National Cancer Institute National Community Oncology Research Program. Additionally, Atlantic Health System Neuroscience at Overlook Medical Center, working with Atlantic Mobile Health, was the first in the nation to deploy and use portable Telestroke technology in ambulances for routine pre-hospital assessment of stroke patients.

Powered by a passionate workforce of 17,000 team members and 4,800 affiliated physicians dedicated to building healthier communities, Atlantic Health System serves more than half of the state of New Jersey, including 11 counties and 4.9 million people. The system provides care for the full continuum of health needs across a wide array of settings, including Atlantic Medical Group, one of the largest multi-specialty practices in New Jersey with more than 1,000 physicians and providers, 12 urgent care centers, Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute, Atlantic Home Care and Hospice and Atlantic Anywhere’s Virtual Visits. Facilitating connections between these services on both land and air is the transportation fleet of Atlantic Mobile Health.

With a clear sense of purpose and an unparalleled culture, Atlantic Health System attracts top leaders in the field of health care, from CEO Brian Gragnolati, who was Chairman of the American Hospital Association in 2019, to the numerous team members who serve as leaders across national clinical associations and research entities.