Why Choose Hackensack Meridian Health for Heart Care

Quality

Our heart experts perform New Jersey’s most successful minimally invasive heart surgeries. Hackensack Meridian Health has more top-ranked hospitals than any system in New Jersey. Our hospitals are also ranked as High Performing in the U.S. in several areas of care, including Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair, Aortic Valve Surgery, Heart Bypass Surgery and Heart Failure.  
  • 50 Best Cardiology and Heart Surgery Hospitals in the U.S.: Heart and Vascular Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center (U.S. News & World Report)
  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care and Coronary Intervention: Heart and Vascular Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center (Health Grades)
  • 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals: Heart and Vascular Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center (Thomson Reuters) 
  • 3-Star Ratings in Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG): Jersey Shore University Medical Center and Hackensack University Medical Center (Society of Thoracic Surgeons)
  • 3-Star Ratings in Aortic Valve Replacement (AVR): Jersey Shore University Medical Center and Hackensack University Medical Center (Society of Thoracic Surgeons)
  • 3-Star Ratings in Aortic Valve Replacement (AVR) combined with Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG): Jersey Shore University Medical Center (Society of Thoracic Surgeons)
  • 3-Star Ratings for Mitral Valve Replacement or Repair: Jersey Shore University Medical Center (Society of Thoracic Surgeons)
  • 5-Star Rating for Cardiac Pacemaker Procedures: Bayshore Medical Center (HealthGrades) 
  • 5-Star Rating for Coronary Interventional Procedures: Raritan Bay Medical Center (HealthGrades)
  • Gold Seal of Approval: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Acute Myocardial Infarction, Carotid Stenosis, Coronary Artery Bypass Graft, Heart Failure, Peripheral Vascular Disease, Carotid Stenting and Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) (Joint Commission)
  • High Performance Hospital in Heart Failure: Heart and Vascular Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Southern Ocean Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center, Riverview Medical Center (U.S. News & World Report)
  • High Performance Hospital in Aortic Valve Surgery: Heart and Vascular Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center and Jersey Shore University Medical Center (U.S. News & World Report)
  • High Performance Hospital in Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair: Heart and Vascular Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center (U.S. News & World Report)
  • High Performance Hospital in Heart Bypass Surgery: Heart and Vascular Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center, Jersey Shore University Medical Center (U.S. News & World Report)
  • Excellence Award Coronary Intervention: Raritan Bay Medical Center (HealthGrades)
  • Quality in Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery: Aortic Valve Replacement and Mitral Valve Replacement or Repair with a top rating of 3-stars in each category. Hackensack University Medical Center was the only hospital to receive a STS 3-star rating in all three of these procedures in the state of New Jersey.
  • Nationally Accredited Primary Stroke Center: Jersey Shore University Medical Center meets the highest national standards for safety and quality. Less than 5% of hospitals in the nation meet these rigorous requirements.
  • Platinum Performance Achievement Award: Chest Pain: JFK University Medical Center (American College of Cardiology/The National Cardiovascular Data Registry) (Platinum is the highest level)
  • Heart Care Center National Distinction of Excellence: JFK University Medical Center -- First in NJ (American College of Cardiology) (2019, 2020 & 2021)
  • Chest Pain Center: Primary PCI with Resuscitation: JFK University Medical Center (American College of Cardiology) (Tri-annual Accreditation-2018 & 2021)
  • Chest Pain Center: Cardiac Cath Lab - PCI: JFK University Medical Center (American College of Cardiology) (Tri-annual Accreditation-2018 & 2021)
  • Chest Pain Center: Heart Failure: JFK University Medical Center (American College of Cardiology) (Tri-annual Accreditation-2019)

Innovation

Our award-winning team of experienced cardiac surgeons, general and subspecialized cardiologists and vascular surgeons have extensive experience diagnosing and treating common or complex heart conditions using the latest diagnostic equipment, therapeutic procedures and minimally invasive surgical techniques.
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement: The Heart & Vascular Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center was the first hospital in northern New Jersey to perform this minimally invasive procedure, which gives new hope to patients with critical aortic stenosis who are considered too high-risk for traditional surgery.
  • Robotic-Assisted Heart Bypass Surgery: This innovative technology allows through smaller incisions and precise motion control, resulting in better outcomes, less pain and faster recovery — even for complex cardiovascular surgeries. 
  • Transcatheter Pacing System: We specialize in this minimally invasive pacemaker implant procedure, which can be completed in less than an hour.
  • Implant for Left Atrial Appendage Closure Device: A first-of-its-kind, proven alternative to long-term warfarin therapy in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation.
  • Hybrid Operating Room: The state-of-the-art Hybrid Operating Room (OR) at the Heart and Vascular Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center is one of only a handful of ORs in the nation where open or minimally invasive surgical procedures and catheterization can be performed simultaneously.
  • Paravalvular Leak Closure: The Heart and Vascular Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center is one of the few institutes in the state to offer this specialized nonsurgical procedure.

Patient Experience

  • We provide more than surgical treatments — we help you learn to manage stress and care for your mental and physical health. We all share the same goal: to help you get back to living the life you love.
  • Comprehensive heart care, close to home: From prevention and diagnosis, through surgery and rehabilitation, we provide comprehensive heart care in a compassionate, friendly environment close to home.
  • Multidisciplinary teams: Our team-based approach pairs you with top heart experts, including a cardiothoracic surgeon, cardiologist, specially-trained anesthesiologists, intensivists, nurses, echocardiographers, electrophysiologists, interventional cardiologists and other experts.
  • Personalized care and treatment: Our heart care specialists work together to tailor your treatment and care to your unique needs.
  • Cardiac rehabilitation program: Surgery is just the beginning. We help you improve your quality of life; reduce your risk factors for coronary artery disease; increase your endurance and teach you heart-healthy habits that will last a lifetime.

Excellence

  • Our cardiac surgeons have extensive experience in minimally invasive heart surgery, combination open-heart procedures and many other complex surgical procedures of the heart. We employ advanced technology, evidence-based medicine and the sharpest medical minds to achieve the best possible outcomes.
  • Expert diagnoses: Our interdisciplinary team of heart specialists has created a powerful program for identifying, treating and managing heart and vascular conditions for patients of all ages.
  • Stellar reputation: We’ve built our reputation upon the premise that minutes always count – whether it is improving your heart health, providing a diagnosis or urgent surgical intervention.
  • Highest volume of implants: The Heart and Vascular Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center and Jersey Shore University Medical Center perform the most implant procedures for the Left Atrial Appendage Closure Device, which reduces stroke risk without the need for long-term warfarin therapy.
  • Expert nurses: Our cardiac surgery ICU nurses are specially trained to provide the expert care you need to recover quickly.
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