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U.S. News & World Report Names Hackensack Meridian Health Among Best in New Jersey and New York Metro Area

Hackensack University Medical Center ranked #1 in New Jersey

Hackensack University Medical Center, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, Ocean Medical Center in Brick and Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, all members of Hackensack Meridian Health, have been recognized as four of the best hospitals for 2017-2018 in New Jersey and the New York Metro area by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 28th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.

Hackensack University Medical Center is once again ranked #1 in New Jersey and #4 in the New York Metro area. Additionally, Hackensack University Medical Center is nationally ranked in the following specialties: Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics and Urology. Hackensack University Medical Center is also deemed a high-performing hospital among eight common adult procedures and conditions including heart bypass surgery, hip and knee replacement, lung and colon cancer surgery.

“These Best Hospital rankings demonstrate the exceptional care our teams deliver every day to patients at Hackensack University Medical Center,” said Robert C. Garrett, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. “We are extremely proud that Hackensack University Medical Center has received this outstanding recognition for high-quality, innovative care.”

Jersey Shore University Medical Center is ranked #4 in New Jersey and moved up to #11 in the New York metro area. In addition to Jersey Shore’s Best Hospital ranking, it is also recognized as high performing in eight common adult procedures and conditions including heart bypass surgery, heart failure, hip and knee replacement, lung and colon cancer surgery.

Ocean Medical Center is ranked #8 in New Jersey and moved up to #17 in the New York metro area. In addition to Ocean’s Best Hospital ranking, it is also recognized as high performing in four common adult procedures and conditions: heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, colon cancer surgery and knee replacement.

New this year, Riverview Medical Center is also ranked #8 in New Jersey and #17 in the New York metro area. The medical center is also recognized as high performing in four common adult procedures and conditions: heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, knee replacement and colon cancer surgery.

“These excellent rankings confirm what we see every day in our teams- a commitment to deliver the best care with an equal emphasis on ensuring the optimal patient experience,” said John K. Lloyd, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. “We are very proud of these accomplishments and continue to strive for excellence every day not only in our 13 hospitals and physician practices, but in more than 120 ambulatory care centers.”

Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy is recognized for high performing in treatment of failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to the report.

For the 2017-18 rankings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. In the 16 specialty areas, 152 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty. In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized hospitals as high performing across multiple areas of care.

The U.S. News methodologies include risk-adjusted survival and readmission rates, volume, patient experience, patient safety, quality of nursing care and other care-related indicators.

“For nearly three decades, we’ve strived to make hospital quality more transparent to health care consumers nationwide,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “By providing the most comprehensive data available, we hope to give patients the information they need to find the best care across a range of specialties.”

Hackensack Meridian Health combines the excellence and innovation of academic medical centers with the convenience and compassion of community-based care and services.

Last month, six Hackensack Meridian Health long-term care and rehabilitation centers received the highest rating of five stars in U.S. News & World Report’s eighth annual Best Nursing Homes, a designation that only 13 percent of all facilities in the U.S. have received.

Additionally, the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center was ranked 45 in pediatric neurology and neurosurgery specialties in the U.S. News & World Report 2017-2018 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings published in June.

ABOUT HACKENSACK MERIDIAN HEALTH

Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care. Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 13 hospitals, including two academic medical centers, two children’s hospitals and nine community hospitals, physician practices, more than 120 ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, and urgent care and after-hours centers. Hackensack Meridian Health has 28,000 team members, more than 6,000 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

The Network’s notable distinctions include having one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, the number one hospital in New Jersey as ranked by U.S. News and World Report, consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” one of the “20 Best Workplaces in Health Care” in the nation, and the number one “Best Place to Work for Women.” Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.

The hospitals of Hackensack Meridian Health include: academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune; children’s hospitals – Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; community hospitals – Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood.

For additional information, please visit www.HackensackMeridianHealth.org.