HackensackUMC Among Nation’s Best Academic Centers for Quality and Consistency

January 19, 2016

Hackensack University Medical Center is pleased to announce it is one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more years in a row.

“We are tremendously proud to provide consumers access to some of the highest quality of care in the nation,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer, Hackensack University Health Network. “We remain focused on providing clinical quality and excellence. Patients and healthcare consumers are more involved and informed in their care than ever, and transparency to performance is a key piece of information that guides them to the most appropriate provider with the best clinical outcomes.”

The efforts that drive performance include working on new and innovative ways to provide clinical care.  Recently HackensackUMC, completed participation in clinical trials for a new endovascular thoracic stent graft, a technique which has the lowest-profile and minimally invasive endovascular stent graft.

HackensackUMC will continue to foster improvements in clinical performance and other system innovations with the addition of Carol Barsky, M.D., chief quality officer and vice president to the team.   Dr. Barsky brings her significant experience and track record of transforming care to Hackensack, with a focus on expanding HackensackUMC services and community programs.

“Healthgrades has witnessed the leadership and innovation emblematic of HackensackUMC and applauds their unwavering efforts to drive continuous improvement,” said Evan Marks, chief strategy officer, Healthgrades.  “Hospitals that have achieved Healthgrades distinctions year after year, demonstrate a long-term commitment to the delivery of exceptional quality of care.”

To learn more about how Healthgrades determines America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award ™ recipients, please visit www.healthgrades.com/quality.

About Hackensack University Medical Center
HackensackUMC, a nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is the flagship hospital of Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,717 beds, more than 10,000 employees and 3,300 credentialed physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 Best Hospital rankings – maintaining its place atop the NJ rankings since the rating system was introduced. HackensackUMC is one of Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals™ for nine years in a row, and received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 13 years in a row. The medical center has also been named a Leapfrog Top Hospital, is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 23 Gold Seals of Approval™ by the Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. HackensackUMC has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: the John Theurer Cancer Center; the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital Children’s Hospital and Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center and listed on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit: www.HackensackUMC.org.