About JFK University Medical Center   

About JFK University Medical Center

Founded in 1967, JFK University Medical Center has been a pillar in the community, offering advanced healthcare services to residents of Middlesex, Union and Somerset counties - and beyond. As an academic medical center, JFK is a place where groundbreaking ideas are born, medical advancements are pursued, and future healthcare leaders are nurtured.

Clinical Excellence

As one of the state’s major health care facilities, JFK has a proud tradition of clinical excellence in numerous medical and surgical specialties, including two world-class institutes under one roof – The Neuroscience Institute and the Johnson Rehabilitation Institute. The Neuroscience Institute has been rated as the number one hospital in New Jersey for the treatment of stroke and complex neurological disorders. The Johnson Rehabilitation Institute has received a national designation in rehabilitation medicine and traumatic brain recovery.

Demonstrating its commitment to the future of medicine, JFK offers converted residency and fellowship programs in family practice, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, general practice dentistry as well as brain injury, pain and sleep medicine. 

JFK continues our history of innovation and growth with recent facility investments including a state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization laboratory (for elective and emergency angioplasty), enhanced digital mammography at the Breast Center, and the comprehensive Center for Wound Healing. From cutting-edge technology for diagnostic imaging and radiation therapies, and a brand new pediatric and adult emergency department, JFK University Medical Center remains on the forefront of delivering high quality care for your entire family.

JFK University Medical Center is an affiliate of Hackensack Meridian Health and accredited by the Joint Commission.

Nationally Recognized for Excellence

JFK University Medical Center continues to be among the nation’s top hospitals evaluated by Healthgrades for superior clinical care and surgical outcomes. Healthgrades rates hospital performance using objective quality measures using clinical outcomes, patient safety as well as patient experience.

Stroke Care | Bariatrics | Neurosciences 

Gold Plus Award for Improving Emergency Cardiac Care

American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Plus Award

For six consecutive years, JFK University Medical Center’s emergency medical services has been recognized for its efforts to improve systems of care and to rapidly identify patients with suspected heart attacks, promptly notify the medical center, and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital care team.

Breast Imaging Center of Excellence

JFK University Medical Center is designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR), considered the gold standard in medical imaging excellence.

Leader in Bariatric Surgery

JFK University Medical Center’s JFK for Life program is accredited by the American College of Surgeons and is the only bariatric surgery provider in the area recognized for delivering the highest quality care by these leading insurance providers: Blue Cross, Aetna, and CIGNA.

  • Accredited by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
  • Aetna Institutes of Quality for Bariatrics
  • Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award™ from Healthgrades (2019-2023)
  • Blue Cross Center of Distinction for Bariatrics
  • Designated a Cigna Bariatric Center of Excellence
  • MBSQIP Accredited Bariatric Center

Comprehensive Cancer Care

JFK University Medical Center is one of only 30 percent of hospitals nationwide to be accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (COC) as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program. Additionally, JFK has received the COC’s Outstanding Achievement award for ensuring high quality cancer care. 

Advanced Cardiac Care

JFK University Medical Center is the first designated HeartCARE Center of Excellence in New Jersey, a national distinction from the American College of Cardiology. JFK’s cardiac accreditations ensure each patient receives the highest level of medical and surgical procedures. 

  • Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation with PCI by the American College of Cardiology
  • Chest Pain Center and Heart Failure Accreditation with PCI and Resuscitation by the American College of Cardiology
  • Intersocietal Accreditation Commission Echocardiography Accredited Facility
  • Heart Failure Accreditation by American College of Cardiology

The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval®

Our Stroke Center is designated as an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. It was the first stroke center in the tri-state area to receive this designation. Earning the Gold Seal of Approval indicates a hospital’s dedication to improving health care quality and safety. 

  • Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Stroke Care Trophy 
  • Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Stroke Care Medallion 
  • Healthgrades Five-Star for Treatment of Stroke Medallion 
  • Healthgrades Stroke Care Excellence Award Medallion 
  • American Heart/Stroke Association: Get With The Guidelines for Stroke 
  • American Heart Association Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center 

Additional Joint Commission Certifications

  • Wound Care and Sepsis 
  • Joint Replacement Hip and Knee 

Nationally Recognized for Excellence in Women's Care

  • JFK University Medical Center is a Baby-Friendly designated hospital, a distinction granted to facilities that support the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, developed by UNICEF and WHO
  • Among the top 5 percent of hospitals recognized for superior care of women during and after childbirth
  • Among the top 10 percent of hospitals recognized for superior surgical outcomes in gynecological care

Amie Thornton“For over 50 years, JFK has been a cornerstone of the community, providing essential health care services. In that time, we have grown from a local community hospital to a major tertiary medical center providing the most advanced medical and surgical interventions and the most advanced acute rehabilitation care. We are proud to be recognized among the nation's best hospitals for stroke and neuroscience care and acute rehabilitation and look forward to bringing our community continued advances at the leading edge of medicine.

We’re proud to be named one of the nation’s top hospitals by Healthgrades for providing exceptional care and surgical outcomes. It is a privilege and honor to care for our community and to provide accessible, affordable treatment and care when and where our neighbors need it.”

- Amie Thornton, President and Chief Hospital Executive

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