Healthgrades Announces Hackensack Meridian Health Hospitals Among America’s 250 Best Hospitals

January 17, 2023

Hackensack University Medical Center, Jersey Shore University Medical Center and Bayshore Medical Center named one of 2023’s America’s 250 Best Hospitals for clinical excellence by Healthgrades, the leading health resource for consumers

Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey’s largest and most comprehensive health network, today announced that it is one of America’s 250 Best Hospitals for 2023, according to new research released by Healthgrades, the leading marketplace connecting doctors and patients. This achievement puts Hackensack University Medical Center, Jersey Shore University Medical Center and Bayshore Medical Center in the top 5% of hospitals nationwide for overall clinical performance across the most common conditions and procedures. 

“Hackensack Meridian Health is committed to providing high quality, compassionate, safe care to the patients and communities we serve,” said Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer of Hackensack Meridian Health. “This latest recognition from Healthgrades placing our hospitals among America’s 250 Best Hospitals is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team members who continue to strive for excellence in everything we do.”

Hackensack University Medical Center and Bayshore Medical Center are both recipients of the America’s Best Hospital Award, as well as the Patient Safety Excellence Award, placing them among the Top 5% of hospitals in the nation for both overall clinical excellence and patient safety.  Hackensack University Medical Center and Bayshore are just two of five hospitals in the New York-Northern New Jersey (NYC) area to receive both designations. This is the 3rd year in a row that Jersey Shore University Medical Center is among America’s Best Hospitals.  

Healthgrades evaluated patient mortality and complication rates for 31 of the most common conditions and procedures at nearly 4,500 hospitals across the country to identify the top-performing hospitals. This year’s analysis revealed significant variation between America’s Best 250 Hospitals and hospitals that did not receive the distinction. In fact, if all hospitals performed similarly to America’s 250 Best, over 160,000 lives could have been saved.*

“We’re proud to recognize Hackensack University Medical Center, Jersey Shore University Medical Center and Bayshore Medical Center as America's 250 Best Hospitals for 2023,” said Brad Bowman MD, Chief Medical Officer and Head of Data Science at Healthgrades. “As one of America’s 250 Best Hospitals, Hackensack University Medical Center, Jersey Shore University Medical Center and Bayshore Medical Center consistently deliver better-than-expected outcomes for the patients in their communities and are setting a high national standard for clinical excellence.”

Healthgrades recently recognized Hackensack Meridian Health as leaders in specialty care:

  • Nine Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals were awarded the 2023 Healthgrades Specialty Excellence Awards™, the most in New Jersey. The specialty awards recognize the top 10 percent of hospitals across the country in 17 specialty care areas including cardiac surgery, critical care, orthopedic surgery among others. Additionally, the network also received
  • 62 Five-Star Speciality Care Ratings by speciality by Healthgrades, the most of any health system in New Jersey.  5 stars ratings mark clinical outcomes better than expected, based on performance. The network received 5 star rankings in specialities including knee replacement, coronary bypass surgery, bariatric surgery, vaginal delivery, c-section delivery, treatment of sepsis, treatment of stroke, treatment of heart failure, prostate removal surgery, GI bleed, bowel obstruction, pulmonary embolism, respiratory failure, among others.
  • 24 Healthgrades Excellence Awards for various specialities including: cardiac care, cardiac surgery, coronary intervention, stroke care, critical care, neuroscience, cranial neurosurgery, gastrointestinal care, gastrointestinal surgery, bariatric surgery, and prostate surgery.

“As the healthcare industry continues to face ongoing challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are incredibly grateful for our team members who tirelessly provide the outstanding care our patients have come to expect from us,” continued Garrett. “I would like to thank our health care heroes who helped us achieve this recognition.”

Visit for an in-depth look at Hackensack Meridian Health’s performance and profile to explore the highest quality care in New Jersey today. Consumers can also visit for more information on how Healthgrades measures hospital quality, and access the complete methodology here. A patient-friendly overview of the complete methodology is available here.

*Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2019 through 2021 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only. 

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