SUMMIT, NJ - Overlook Medical Center in Summit has been recognized as a high-performing hospital in Neurology & Neurosurgery, and Diabetes and Endocrinology in US News and World Reports' 2017-18 "Best Hospitals" Rankings. Overlook’s rankings made a jump in New Jersey, breaking the top 10 to occupy the eighth spot -- up from 13th last year -- and regionally, rising to 17th this year from 22nd last year. Overlook Medical Center was ranked regionally for two common adult procedure and conditions including Heart Failure and Colon Cancer Surgery.

Atlantic Health System, Overlook's parent company, also saw their flagship hospital -- Morristown Medical Center -- was again named a top-five hospital in the New York Metro Area is the only hospital in New Jersey recognized nationally for Cardiology and Heart Surgery, and was also recognized nationally for Orthopedics.

Morristown Medical Center is the only hospital in New Jersey, and one of only 48 hospitals nationwide, to be ranked as high-performing in nine surgical procedures and chronic conditions: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair, Aortic Valve Surgery, Heart Bypass Surgery, Heart Failure, Colon Cancer Surgery, COPD, Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement, and Lung Cancer Surgery. It was also recognized as a high-performing hospital in five specialties: Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Pulmonology.

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The annual Best Hospitals rankings are designed to help patients make informed decisions about where to receive care for life-threatening conditions or for common elective procedures. Results are based on risk-adjusted survival and readmission rates, volume, patient experience, patient safety, quality of nursing care and other care-related indicators.

“Atlantic Health System is dedicated to building healthier communities,” said Brian Gragnolati, president and CEO, Atlantic Health System. “These national and regional rankings demonstrate our workforce’s commitment to this goal, and are evidence of their firm commitment to patient safety, positive quality outcomes, and high-quality medical care.”

For the 2017-18 rankings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. In the 16 specialty areas, 146 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty. In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized hospitals as high performing across multiple areas of care.

“For nearly three decades, we’ve strived to make hospital quality more transparent to healthcare consumers nationwide,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. "By providing the most comprehensive data available, we hope to give patients the information they need to find the best care across a range of specialties.”