MORRISTOWN, NJ - Overlook Medical Center in Summit and Morristown Medical Center, both part of Atlantic Health System, have been honored with the 2017 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades, a consumer resource for health information.

The recognition places each medical center in the top five percent for clinical excellence among more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide.

This is Overlook's fourth and Morristown Medical Center’s seventh time, respectively, receiving the award.

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“We are honored to be recognized among this elite group of health care providers,” said Alan Lieber, president of Overlook Medical Center. “Clinical excellence, combined with patient-centered care, is key to the positive experience that Atlantic Health System provides to patients and caregivers.”

From 2013 through 2015, patients treated in hospitals receiving Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence had a 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. During this same period, if all other hospitals performed at the level of Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence across these 19 procedures and conditions, 160,322 lives could potentially have been saved. 

The 258 recipients of the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence stand out among the rest for overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of care. During the 2017 study period (2013-15), 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).

“Consumers are doing their research when it comes to selecting the hospital where they receive their care, and high-marks in quality are a valuable differentiator that can set organizations apart,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “We commend hospitals that have achieved Healthgrades 2017 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for demonstrating an unwavering commitment to high quality care for their patients.”

To learn more about how Healthgrades determines Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence recipients, visit healthgrades.com/quality.