Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital

About Us

Shaping a Brighter Future.

No one wants to have a sick child, but if you do, it’s comforting to know that you have an outstanding Children’s Hospital right in your own backyard. We like to call it world-class care…with heart.

Behind the doors of the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital are teams of people who change children’s lives in extraordinary ways. Here, leaders in the field of pediatric medicine use their outstanding diagnostic skills, advanced technologies, and breakthrough treatments to change lives.

What is a Children’s Hospital
Sick or injured children need special treatment. As a Children’s Hospital, we provide medical and surgical care for children—and only children. When your child is a patient here, he or she will be treated by specialists who have dedicated their careers to learning about the diseases of children and caring for children. The equipment they use is designed just for children. Even our facility is specially designed to be less frightening and more welcoming. Every day, the only thing we do is provide compassionate, scientifically advanced care to children and their families in our exceptional facilities.

Not every hospital can be called a Children’s Hospital–even if a hospital has a pediatric service, it may still not be a Children’s Hospital. To achieve that distinction, we must meet specific requirements determined by the state. Our designation as a Children’s Hospital means that the State of New Jersey recognizes the dedication and advanced training of our doctors, nurses, health care professionals, and other staff.

We are also a member of the Children’s Hospital Association, a voluntary membership organization that is dedicated to advancing the quality of children’s health care. Hospitals wishing to join must apply and be accepted.

At the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, our staff has the training, experience, and equipment to treat children and their special needs. Pediatricians receive up to 6 years of training, and specialists such as child life, social work and other therapists have specific pediatric training. Nurses who work at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital also have specialized training and expertise in working with kids.

  • Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital is ranked the #1 children’s hospital in New Jersey by U.S. News & World Report. In addition, the combined cancer program of Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital is ranked Top 50 in the nation.
  • Joint Commission Disease Specific Certifications
    • Bone Marrow Transplant
    • Pain and Palliative Care
    • Pediatric Asthma
    • Prematurity

Mark Sparta“More than 130 years after we became Bergen County's first hospital, we are proud to have grown into becoming the best hospital in New Jersey. It’s an honor and privilege to care for our community. Ultimately, our goal is to enable every member of our community to get better and live healthier -– from preventive care and specialty care to state-of-the-art surgery, treatment and rehabilitation.” - Mark D. Sparta, FACHE

President, Executive Vice President, Population Health Clinical Operations
Hackensack Meridian Health
Mark D. Sparta, FACHE

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