MORRISTOWN, NJ - Morristown Medical Center and Overlook Medical Center in Summit, both part of Atlantic Health System, have each received the 2018 'Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence' from Healthgrades, a leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

This distinction – the fifth consecutive time for Overlook and the eighth consecutive time for Morristown – once again places the hospitals among the top five percent for clinical performance among nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide.

“Being named a Distinguished Hospital by Healthgrades now for a fifth year underscores our continued focus on professionalism, the commitment of our team members to continuous quality improvement and our involvement in novel research,” said Alan Lieber, president of Overlook Medical Center. “This recognition helps distinguish Overlook as a source of high quality health care and innovation that our communities can rely on.”

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The 250 recipients of the 'Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence' stand out among the rest of U.S. hospitals for overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of care. During the 2018 study period (2014-16), these hospitals showed superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients in the Medicare population across at least 21 of 32 of the most common inpatient conditions and procedures —as measured by objective clinical outcomes performance data (risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications).

“We commend hospitals that have achieved Healthgrades 2018 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence, demonstrating a steadfast commitment to high-quality care for their patients,” said Brad Bowman, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “Hospitals that meet these high-quality standards will continue to distinguish themselves with consumers making decisions about where to receive care.”  

From 2014-16, patients treated in hospitals receiving the Healthgrades 'Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence' had, on average, a 26.3% lower risk of dying -- across 19 procedures and conditions where mortality is the clinical outcome -- than if they were treated in hospitals that did not achieve this distinction.

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