Five-Star ratings highlight Morristown’s cardiac and orthopedic excellence

MORRISTOWN, NJ –Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center today announced it ranks in the top five percent of hospitals in the nation in a wide variety of specialties and services, according to a report released today by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality.

Among other recognitions, Morristown Medical Center was named one of:

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  • America's 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery™ in 2019
  • America's 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care™ for Eight Years in a Row (2012-2019)
  • America's 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery™ for Five Years in a Row (2015-2019)
  • America's 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement™ for Four Years in a Row (2016-2019)
  • America's 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery™ in 2019
  • America's 100 Best Hospitals for Gastrointestinal Care™ in 2019

Morristown Medical Center was named among the top 10 percent of hospitals in the nation for critical care.

Morristown Medical Center was also recognized by Healthgrades with Five Stars–the highest rating, which shows that a hospital’s actual performance is statistically significantly better than expected–-in cardiac services such as coronary bypass, valve surgery, coronary intervention and treatment for heart attack and heart failure, and orthopedic services such as total knee and total hip replacements, hip fracture treatment and spinal fusion.

In February, Morristown Medical Center was the only hospital in the state to be recognized as one of ‘America’s 50 Best Hospitals’ for the third consecutive year.

“Morristown Medical Center is dedicated to providing our community with the highest quality healthcare in a safe and healing environment, and we are consistently rated among the top hospitals in the nation for our sustained commitment,” said Trish O’Keefe, PhD, RN, President, Morristown Medical Center. “The collaboration between our medical, clinical, and support teams combined with our new Epic electronic health system enables better care coordination, positive patient outcomes, and an enhanced experience for our patients.”

“Our medical and clinical teams continue to raise the bar for patient safety, clinical excellence, and positive patient outcomes each day and night, ensuring our patients receive exceptional, coordinated care from a multi-specialist team at each of our campuses,” said Jan Schwarz-Miller, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical and Academic Officer for Atlantic Health System.

Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center was named in the top five percent of hospitals in the nation in neurosciences, cranial neurosurgery, treatment of stroke, general surgery, critical care and bariatric surgery, and the top 10 percent of hospitals in the nation for overall GI services.

Five-star honors for Overlook Medical Center highlighted its neuroscience services, such as cranial neurosurgery and treatment of stroke, and its gastrointestinal services, including surgeries for esophageal/stomach, small intestine, colorectal, gall bladder removal as well as treatment of bowel obstruction.

Atlantic Health System’s Newton Medical Center in Newton, NJ, was recognized among the 10 percent in the nation for treatment of stroke, as well as received Five-star ratings for heart failure, respiratory failure and sepsis.

“With so many choices for care, consumers often find that their health journey can be difficult to navigate,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Healthgrades. “Information about hospital quality is helpful as they make decisions for their health, and Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical center and Overlook Medical Center have distinguished themselves as an exceptional organization.”

The complete Healthgrades 2019 Report to the Nation, and recognitions for all of Atlantic Health System’s hospitals, is available at


About the 2019 Report to the Nation

The Healthgrades 2019 Report to the Nation found that clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals regionally and nationally. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at almost 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions, as well as reporting on outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states and the District of Columbia. *This variation in care has a significant impact on health outcomes.

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for almost 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures, and evaluated comparative outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states and the District of Columbia. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected) and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories.


About Atlantic Health System

Atlantic Health System, headquartered in Morristown, N.J., is an integrated health care delivery system powered by a workforce of over 16,500 team members and 4,800 affiliated physicians dedicated to building healthier communities. The system serves a population of 5 million, with 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.

Atlantic Health System provides care for the full continuum of health care needs including 11 urgent care centers, Atlantic Rehabilitation and Atlantic Home Care and Hospice. Facilitating the connection between these services on both land and air is the transportation fleet of Atlantic Mobile Health.

In addition to the employed workforce, Atlantic Alliance, a Clinically Integrated Network, represents more than 2,500 health care providers throughout northern and central NJ. Atlantic Health System leads the Healthcare Transformation Consortium, a partnership of 6 regional hospitals and health systems dedicated to improving access and affordability, and is a founding member of both the PIER Consortium – Partners in Innovation, Education, and Research – a streamlined clinical trial system that will expand access to groundbreaking research across 6 health systems in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and AllSpire Health Partners, a consortium of 5 leading health care organizations dedicated to serving patients, families and communities in New Jersey, New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania.