March 14, 2016
The Garden State’s award-winning hospitals have been recognized with distinctions ranging from “Top Hospital” and “Most Wired” awards to Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center for combining excellence in innovation and technology with the highest level of patient care and safety.
“There are so many awards programs that have recognized various New Jersey hospitals that it would be hard to name them all,” says Elizabeth A. Ryan, president and CEO of the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA). “These various quality awards are great, but what’s really important are the operational and process changes that lead to these awards. They signify the very real commitment and hard work that goes on in our hospitals 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to run top-quality operations and provide excellent healthcare.”
Among the most prestigious distinctions, Ryan notes, is that New Jersey hospitals collectively are ranked No. 5 in the nation on The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score. “There are 45 states behind us, but we are always striving for that top spot,” Ryan says. New Jersey has also been a national leader among hospitals that have achieved the Magnet Award for nursing excellence, which is presented by the American Nurses Credentialing Center; 23 state hospitals have received this honor, which ranks New Jersey among the top states within that program.