Morristown Medical Center selected as top hospital in N.J. in U.S. News rankings

Morristown Medical Center was selected as the top hospital in New Jersey for the second consecutive year by the prestigious U.S. News & World Report rankings, it was announced Tuesday morning.

Morristown edged Hackensack University Medical Center and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston.

The rest of the Top 10 in New Jersey included:

  1. Robert Wood Johnson University (New Brunswick);
  1. Jersey Shore University Medical Center (Neptune);
  1. Valley Hospital (Ridgewood);
  1. (tie) AtlantiCare Regional (Atlantic City);
  1. (tie) Virtua Voorhees (Voorhees);
  1. (tie) Riverview Medical Center (Red Bank);
  1. (tie) Robert Wood Johnson University (Somerset).

For the complete New Jersey list, click here.

Morristown Medical Center President Trish O’Keefe said the honor reflects the efforts of those at the hospital and throughout the Atlantic Health system.

“This sustained recognition demonstrates the commitment from our team (medical, clinical and support teams) to build healthier communities, ensure extraordinary care is constantly delivered, focus on excellent patient outcomes and experience, seamless care coordination, and innovating to provide the best care for our patients,” she said in a statement.

“As a leader, we will continue to provide high-quality care for our patients and work with our communities to ensure they have the programs and resources to keep them healthy.”

U.S. News said its annual Best Hospitals ranking and ratings, now in their 30th year, are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for challenging health conditions or for common elective procedures.

This year, more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide were evaluated in 17 adult and child specialties (such as cancer, gynecology, orthopedics and rehabilitation) and nine procedures and conditions (such as heart bypass surgery, hip replacement and lung cancer surgery).

In each of these categories, 50 hospitals were ranked nationally while others were graded as “high performing.”

A look at the Top 50 rankings in adult specialties for New Jersey hospitals in the Top 10:

  • No. 1 Morristown was ranked in cardiology and heart surgery (No. 26) and orthopedics (No. 34);
  • No. 3 Saint Barnabas was ranked in gynecology (No. 25) and diabetes and endocrinology (No. 32);
  • No. 5 Jersey Shore University was ranked in orthopedics (No. 39).

The U.S. News Best Hospitals methodologies in most areas of care are based largely on objective measures such as risk-adjusted survival and discharge-to-home rates, volume, and quality of nursing, among other care-related indicators.

The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, was again ranked the best hospital in the country, followed by Massachusetts General in Boston, Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, the Cleveland Clinic and New York Presbyterian.

For the complete national list, click here.

Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News, said the rankings are intended to help consumers.

“For 30 years, U.S. News has strived to make hospital quality more transparent to health care consumers nationwide,” he said in a statement. “By providing the most comprehensive data available on nearly every hospital across the United States, we give patients, families and physicians information to support their search for the best care across a range of procedures, conditions and specialties.”

Fewer than a third of all hospitals received any high-performing rating, and only 57 earned this rating in all nine procedures and conditions.