Hackensack University Medical Center Earns Joint Commission Recertifications

August 4, 2017

Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center is pleased to announce recertification by the Joint Commission in these programmatic areas: Blood and Marrow Transplantation, Colorectal Oncology, Depression, Uterine-Ovarian Oncology, Primary Stroke Center, and Advanced Inpatient Diabetes. The previously certified Total Joint Replacement program is now certified as Advanced Total Joint Replacement.

These programs were successfully reviewed for recertification by The Joint Commission in May and June of 2017, following surveys that reviewed the fulfillment of specific and comprehensive criteria.

“I want to congratulate all of our team members for these significant achievements,” said Ihor Sawczuk, M.D., president of Hackensack University Medical Center. “Thank you for the hard work and dedication you demonstrate every day.”

In all, Hackensack University Medical Center has earned 25 Joint Commission certifications.

Surveyors described team members as collaborative and confident. Their comments included and highlighted particular competencies, compassion, commitment, engagement, and evidence-based protocols. Patient comments reflected the quality of treatment and experience.

Hackensack University Medical Center’s Blood and Marrow Transplantation program is the only certified program in New Jersey and remains the first Joint Commission certified program in the country; the Colorectal Oncology program is one of four in the country and one of two in New Jersey; the Depression program is one of two in the country and the only one in New Jersey; the Uterine-Ovarian Oncology program is one of three in the country and one of two in New Jersey; the Advanced Inpatient Diabetes program is one of four in New Jersey; and the Advanced Total Joint Replacement program is one of two in New Jersey.

An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

The Joint Commission mission is to improve health care for the public by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.

About Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center
Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center, 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 now part of one of the largest networks in the state comprised of 28,000 team members and more than 6,000 physicians. Hackensack University Medical Center was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016-17 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. Hackensack University Medical Center 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. Becker’s Hospital Review recognized Hackensack University Medical Center as one of the 100 Great Hospitals in America 2017. The medical center is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 25 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. Hackensack University Medical Center 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. Hackensack University Medical Center is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to The Northern Trust PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events especially the Tackle Kids Cancer Campaign providing much needed research at the Children’s Cancer Institute housed at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital. To learn more, visit www.HackensackUMC.org.