HackensackUMC Achieves Highest Accreditation for its Emergency Medicine Residency Program

April 27, 2016

Hackensack University Medical Center is pleased to announce that it has achieved the highest level of accreditation for its Emergency Medicine Residency program. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) granted a 10-year accreditation with no citations.

“I want to congratulate the entire Emergency Medicine Residency team,” said Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., president of HackensackUMC. “This notable accreditation recognizes a relatively new program, which will graduate its first class in July of this year.”

Leaders of the program attribute its success to effective strategic planning and development, a focus on patient-centered communication training, high-quality faculty, and most importantly the residents themselves, who are all selected as part of the national residency match program.

“This is a real reflection of how we have attracted the right match,” said Joseph Feldman, M.D., chairman, Emergency Services, HackensackUMC. “We want residents who not only provide exceptional clinical care, but are also engaged in the process of elevating their communication skills to deliver the best possible experience for patients and their families.”

Along with placing an emphasis on excellent communication, the academic teaching faculty has clinical expertise in all aspects of emergency medicine training. Many have attained additional fellowship training in areas of expertise, which contributes to sharing their knowledge with residents.

“Our residents are outstanding and come from some of the best medical schools in the country,” said Douglas Finefrock, D.O., vice-chair, Emergency Department & Trauma Services and Residency Program Director.  “They bring knowledge and passion in their pursuit to become the best emergency medicine doctors possible and challenge our department to continue to practice medicine at the highest level.”

Given the 10-year ACGME accreditation, the next site visit will occur in 2026.

“The ACGME accreditation is the latest demonstration of our commitment to raising the bar on academic excellence,” said Jeffrey R. Boscamp, M.D., vice president and chief academic officer, HackensackUMC and physician-in-chief, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital. “I want to congratulate our team for their hard work and dedication in attaining this very significant achievement.”

About Hackensack University Medical Center
HackensackUMC, a 775- bed 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 team members 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. It was also named one of the top four New York Metro Area hospitals. HackensackUMC 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. The medical center is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 24 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 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.