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Morristown Medical Center Again Recognized as One of ‘America’s 100 Best Hospitals’ for Cardiac, Orthopedic and Joint Replacement Care by Healthgrades®

Morristown Medical Center, part of Atlantic Health System, today announced it was again recognized as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals™ for Cardiac Care, Orthopedic Surgery and Joint Replacement by consumer healthcare ratings group Healthgrades®. The medical center was the only hospital in New Jersey named one of ‘America’s 50 Best Hospitals’ for the second year in a row last February.

Healthgrades also recognized Morristown Medical Center as the only hospital in the state named one America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care for seven consecutive years, and the only hospital in the state named to the top five percent of hospitals in the nation for GI Medical Treatment in 2018.

In total, Morristown Medical Center was recognized with 39 clinical excellence awards in cardiac, orthopedics, neuroscience, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, critical care, and bariatrics. View the complete list in the Healthgrades 2018 Report to the Nation here: www.healthgrades.com/quality.

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“Morristown Medical Center is proud to celebrate and share these recognitions with our patients, families, communities, and medical staff because they are based on quality outcomes data—showing our commitment to clinical excellence, safety, and long-term, positive outcomes,” said Trish O’Keefe, PhD, RN, president of Morristown Medical Center. “As healthcare continues to change, and as we focus our efforts on offering complex state-of-the-art care, and wellness and prevention efforts in our communities, these data show clear evidence that when you do need a hospital, Morristown Medical Center is the right choice.”

These achievements are part of findings released today in the Healthgrades 2018 Report to the Nation. The new report demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically among hospitals nationally, regionally and at the local level, and the impact that this variation may have on health outcomes.

“Consumers place high value on information about hospital quality and use it to evaluate their choices for care,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “Hospitals that have achieved recognition for their quality outcomes prove their commitment to their patients and their community at large.”

About Healthgrades Methodology

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures, and evaluated outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 17 states.

Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. 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) outcomes.

About Atlantic Health System

Atlantic Health System, headquartered in Morristown, N.J., is an integrated health care delivery system powered by a workforce of 16,000 team members dedicated to building healthier communities. The system is comprised of 350 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 also supports communities through Atlantic Medical Group, Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute, Atlantic Home Care and Hospice, and its subsidiary, Atlantic Ambulance Corporation. Atlantic Health System sponsors the Atlantic Accountable Care Organization, one of the larger ACOs in the nation, and Optimus Healthcare Partners.

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Elizabeth Cops Seek ‘Armed and Dangerous’ Man

November 21, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ —  Elizabeth police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating an "armed and dangerous" man wanted on multiple arrest warrants. According to officials, all of the warrants are for violent crimes.

Police have identified the man as William Valentin, 42. Valentin is of Puerto Rican descent with a muscular build, hazel eyes and black hair.

Synopsis of Westfield Board of Education Meeting Nov. 14

November 16, 2017

COUNSELING DEPARTMENT REPORT

Maureen Mazzarese, Director of Counseling in the Westfield Public Schools, prepared a report summarizing the department’s missions, goals and practices in supporting our K-12 students and their families.  Here are some highlights which briefly summarize the comprehensive report:
 

At every grade level, counselors are working with students ...

Upcoming Events

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Thu, November 23, 1:00 PM

Martin Wallberg American Legion Post 3, Westfield

Thanksgiving Dinner for Veterans

Food & Drink Giving Back

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Sat, November 25

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Free Parking in Downtown Westfield

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Wed, November 29, 5:00 AM

Westfield Area YMCA, Westfield

Free Wellness Wednesday at Westfield Area YMCA

OUT RUN YOUR FORK Offers BOGO Black Friday Specials Now Till Cyber Monday

November 22, 2017

Out Run Your Fork, a Personal Training Studio located at 361 South Ave East, Westfield, NJ, is offering a BOGO sale on all gift cards. From now until Cyber Monday, Out Run Your Fork is accepting orders for gift cards ranging from $25.00 to $100.00 and on personal training sessions, group fitness and nutritional counseling.

While all orders are accepted online, this special BOGO Deal is ...

Westfield Police Blotter: Car Stolen from Street Corner & More

November 22, 2017

November 15, 2017 4:45 p.m.

Marcus Rowles, age 49, of Newark, NJ, was arrested on the strength of outstanding warrants out of Newark Municipal Court ($250), Bloomfield Municipal Court ($250) and Union Township Municipal Court ($155) pursuant to a motor vehicle investigation in the area of 421 Central Avenue. Subject was transported to Westfield Police Department where he was processed and ...

Garwood Family Center YMCA After School Students Enjoy Fall Leaves

The Garwood Family Center YMCA provides full-day and half-day early learning programs for 2½ year olds - preschoolers as well asbefore and after school experiences for Garwood students in grades K-5.  Activities include sports, recreation, arts & crafts, homework time and much more!  A healthy snack is provided and the Healthy U program is incorporated into the ...

No NJ Estate Tax!

Did you know that the New Jersey estate tax has been repealed?

The regulation was passed in the transportation bill in late 2016. Effective Jan. 1, 2018, the estate tax repeal goes into effect, so there will no longer be New Jersey estate tax. For deaths as of Jan. 1, 2017, the NJ estate tax exemption increased from $675,000 to $2 million. That means an individual ...

23 Winter Concerts in Westfield Public Schools; Special Senior Citizen Event Dec. 20

A total of 23 winter concerts will take place in the Westfield Public Schools this season. The first one begins with Edison Intermediate School’s band concert on Dec. 5 and will conclude with the Westfield High School Chorale of Love Songs on Feb. 10. The entire schedule is posted on the district’s website www.westfieldnjk12.org and appears ...

Black Cat Missing in Westfield

UPDATE: Found.

ORIGINAL POST: Black cat went missing on Grove Street near Central Avenue Sunday. He was not wearing a collar. 

If you see him please call 908-962-8677

Great Places to Take Holiday Photos in the Westfield Area

’Tis the season to cajole your family to wear matching outfits, bribe the kiddos with candy canes and chocolates, and somehow balance reindeer antler onto your pet’s head. What to do for your holiday photos this year? Why not take advantage of all of the great outdoor backdrops in our quaint towns and parks? Local businesses and townships also have some photo ops scheduled that will ...

Recovering from Addiction

November 16, 2017

You don’t recover from an addiction by just quitting.  You recover by creating a new life where it is easier to not use.  If you do not create a new life for yourself, then all the factors that led you to your addiction will eventually catch up with you again.  AA teaches that you must change people, places and things.

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The First Holiday Season Without Your Person — Making a Plan, Checking it Twice

If you are facing your first holiday after an important person in your life has died, it’s not too early to come up with a plan. Watching others who are feeling thankful and are celebrating when we feel overwhelmed, lonely or sad can be very painful. Holidays force us to realize how much our lives have been changed by the loss of our loved one.   

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AtlantiCast: Episode 007

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll see how Atlantic Health System is driving innovation and finding new ways to solve tomorrow’s health care challenges, find out how a near tragedy on the tennis courts was averted thanks to some world-class training and technology at Chilton Medical Center and meet the 70 cancer doctors you need to know about – plus much ...

5 Ways for Small Business Owners to Separate Business and Personal Finances

I suspect most business owners that provide for their families would argue that nearly all business matters are personal! Unfortunately, too many times I have seen clients, intentionally or not, commingle their personal objectives with their business. This can quickly lead to decision making that has calamitous results for both your personal and business planning.

Here are five issues I hear ...

Celebrating the Holidays After a Divorce – How Separated Couples Choose to Share Time With Their Children Can Make a Big Difference

With the holidays approaching, people are busy making travel arrangements and shopping lists, digging out old recipes and getting their homes ready for what is arguably one of the most family oriented times of the year. However for couples with children who are ending their marriage or relationship these times come with an added layer of concern as to how they will share time with their children ...

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Be Aware of Pancreatic Cancer’s Warning Signs

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, and nationally renowned gastrointestinal (GI) cancer physician-scientist Angela Alistar, MD thinks it is critical that everyone learn how to recognize the warning signs of this aggressive cancer. Dr. Alistar is medical director of GI medical oncology at the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center of Morristown Medical Center, Atlantic Health ...

Hub City Native, Longtime Boxer, Facing Off for Global Title in Atlantic City This Weekend

November 17, 2017

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ — New Brunswick native and legendary boxer Jorge “King” Diaz has certainly had his ups and downs over the years, and in some ways, he’s epitomized the rags to riches story.

Diaz was born in New Brunswick and throughout his youth, moved around to Puerto Rico, Franklin Township and North Brunswick, before finally settling down in Somerset some years ...