MORRISTOWN, NJ–  – Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center has been awarded the prestigious 2018 Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD Quality Leadership Award from Vizient, a health care performance improvement partner.

The award recognizes top-performing academic medical centers, complex teaching medical centers and community hospitals that demonstrate excellence in delivering high-quality care based on the measures in the Vizient Quality and Accountability Study. The measures include safety, mortality, clinical effectiveness, efficiency, patient centeredness and equity of care.

The award also considers performance in core measures data, the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthcare Safety Network.

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“Quality and patient safety are at the core of what our community expects from us as a health care system, and what we as leaders expect from ourselves,” said Jan Schwarz-Miller, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical and Academic Officer for Atlantic Health System. “Our medical and clinical teams are committed to open communication and critically assessing our practices and protocols to ensure the highest quality care and positive patient outcomes in a safe and healing environment.”

“Morristown Medical Center is changing the way we deliver health care to the community,” said Dr. Louis Brusco Jr., MD, FCCM, Chief Medical Officer, Morristown Medical Center. “Our medical and clinical teams are committed to open communication and critically assessing our practices and protocols to ensure the highest level of care, positive patient outcomes, and a safe healing environment. To be recognized in such esteemed company validates the work we do, not only for our patients, but for other medical centers who look to us for best practices, guidance and leadership.”

Some of the best practices Morristown Medical Center has recently adopted include:

  • Implementation of the Epic electronic health record, which helps medical and clinical teams better coordinate care
  •  Daily huddles comprised of a multidisciplinary clinical team
  • Increased leadership rounding
  • DebMed hand hygiene monitoring and compliance system to decrease hospital-acquired infections
  • Enhanced environmental services cleaning practices (Xenex robot cleaning)
  •  Zero tolerance approach to Hospital Associated Conditions (HACs)
  •  Increased adherence to such best practices as sepsis bundles
  • Enhanced focus on end-of-life care – for example, training Emergency Dept. nurses in identifying patients for palliative care consultation
  • Mortality review on all cases

Morristown Medical Center was among several highly regarded academic medical centers who received the award, including:

  • Mayo Clinic Hospital – Rochester
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • NYU Langone Medical Center
  • University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
  • The University of Kansas Health System
  • University of Pennsylvania Health System
  • University of Utah Health
  • Memorial Hermann – Texas Medical Center
  • Tufts Medical Center
  • Houston Methodist Hospital