Hackensack University Medical Center Achieves National Recognition for its Neurosurgery and Spine Programs

January 28, 2019

Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center is pleased to announce that it has been recognized by Becker’s Healthcare among “100 hospitals and health systems with great neurosurgery and spine programs.”

“I want to congratulate our team for their commitment to clinical excellence and their dedication to providing our patients with an exceptional experience,” said Mark D. Sparta, FACHE, president of Hackensack University Medical Center. “Working together, they embody our mission to transform health care and serve as leaders of positive change.”

According to Becker’s, the organizations featured on this year’s list have extensive neuroscience and spine programs, providing treatment and cutting-edge research into neurosurgical disorders. Many hospitals and health systems featured have earned top honors for medical excellence, outcomes and patient experience in their spine and brain surgery departments.

“Our commitment to quality is evident in stringent safety processes in the OR, along with a process that scrutinizes indications for surgery as well as outcomes,” said Patrick Roth, M.D., chair, Department of Neurosurgery, Hackensack University Medical Center. “We have a uniquely cooperative relationship between neurosurgery and orthopedics. Decisions are made in a joint meeting with input from all parties. We provide dedicated floors, nursing staffs, and social workers for outpatients to enhance sub-specialization.”

Hackensack University Medical Center was recognized for its robust program for all subspecialized areas of neurosurgery, including cranial surgery, neuro-oncology and complex spine surgery.

To develop this list, the Becker’s Healthcare editorial team examined national rankings and awards for neurosurgery, neurological care and spine surgery. The editorial team examined U.S. News & World Report national rankings for neurology and neurosurgery; CareChex national and regional rankings for neurological care and Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery designation to develop this list.

About Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center
Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center, a 781-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 34,100 team members and more than 6,500 physicians. Hackensack University Medical Center was listed as one of the top two hospitals in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018-19 Best Hospital rankings. It was also named one of the top five 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 2018. 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.