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Hackensack University Medical Center came in at No. 4 overall as a top hospital for various medical conditions, as well as for overall care.
Hackensack University Medical Center came in at No. 4 overall as a top hospital for various medical conditions, as well as for overall care. - (File photo)

Inside Jersey magazine and Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. produced a list of New Jersey's top hospitals for various medical conditions, as well as for overall care.

Medical centers in the state were divided into two categories based on size, one for hospitals with more than 350 beds and one for hospitals with fewer than 350 beds. Morristown Memorial Medical Center and Newton Medical Center earned the top honor in both categories.

The top five overall hospitals, plus the winners of each individual category, are listed below.

Click here to view the full rankings of New Jersey's top hospitals and a more detailed summary of how the top hospitals were selected.

Here are the results:

The top ranked hospitals overall (more than 350 beds):

1. Morristown Medical Center (Morristown)

2. Saint Barnabas Medical Center (Livingston)

3. Overlook Medical Center (Summit)

4. Hackensack University Medical Center (Hackensack)

5. Holy Name Medical Center (Teaneck)

The top ranked hospitals overall (350 beds or fewer):

1. Newton Medical Center (Newton)

2. Bayonne Medical Center (Bayonne)

3. Jersey City Medical Center (Jersey City)

4. Palisades Medical Center (North Bergen)

5. Chilton Medical Center (Pompton Plains)

Looking for specifics? The list has it covered. They ranked hospitals also based on specific treatment options.

For the treatment of breast cancer:

More than 350 beds: Saint Barnabas Medical Center

Fewer than 350 beds: Newton Medical Center

For the treatment of prostate cancer:

More than 350 beds: Saint Barnabas Medical Center

Fewer than 350 beds: Bayonne Medical Center

For the treatment of pediatric cancer:

More than 350 beds: Saint Barnabas Medical Center

Fewer than 350 beds: There were not enough hospitals with dedicated programs for this treatment.

For bypass surgery:

More than 350 beds: Morristown Medical Center

Fewer than 350 beds: Deborah Heart and Lung Center (Browns Mills)

For hip and knee repair:

More than 350 beds: Saint Barnabas Medical Center

Fewer than 350 beds: Bayonne Medical Center

For the treatment of congestive heart failure:

More than 350 beds: Saint Barnabas Medical Center

Fewer than 350 beds: Bayonne Medical Center

For the treatment of strokes:

More than 350 beds: Saint Barnabas Medical Center

Fewer than 350 beds: Bayonne Medical Center

For high risk pregnancy:

More than 350 beds: Saint Barnabas Medical Center

Fewer than 350 beds: Jersey City Medical Center

For the treatment of neurological disorders:

More than 350 beds: Saint Barnabas Medical Center

Fewer than 350 beds: Bayonne Medical Center

Although Inside Jersey and Castle Connolly understand that doctors' views are important, sometimes they don't tell the whole story. So, they partnered with IPRO, an independent not-for-profit health care consulting organization, to present post-discharge ratings of New Jersey hospitals by patients.

Patients highly satisfied:

More than 350 beds: Valley Hospital (Ridgewood)

Fewer than 350 beds: Deborah Heart and Lung Center

Patient's room and bathroom kept clean:

More than 350 beds: JFK Medical Center (Edison)

Fewer than 350 beds: CentraState Medical Center (Freehold)

Doctors always communicated well:

More than 350 beds: Valley Hospital

Fewer than 350 beds: Deborah Heart and Lung Center

Registered nurses always communicated well:

More than 350 beds: Valley Hospital

Fewer than 350 beds: Deborah Heart and Lung Center

Doctors were invited to participate in an online survey that ran from Nov. 11 to Dec. 8. More than 6,300 emails were sent throughout the state and regular mail to the chief executive offer, chief medical officer and the chief marketing officer at all hospitals in New Jersey, as well as to the state's county medical societies.

The hospitals were selected based on 33,880 total votes cast. The number of total licensed physicians participating was 2,076.

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Emily Bader

Emily Bader

Emily Bader is the copy and web editor at NJBIZ. She is a Brielle, N.J. native and a Rutgers University alum. You can contact her at emilyb@njbiz.com or @emilybader on Twitter.

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Comments


jake said:
Bayonne should not be on this list for anything, especially not cancer....

September 4, 2014 7:08 pm

David said:
Take note of the table near the end of the following article. Jersey City Medical Center (LibertyHealth) is one of a short list of hospitals which was hit with the maximum medicare penalty for patient readmission under the Affordable Care Act. Why is this hospital system receiving a high ranking from NJbiz without considering quantitative failures of this magnitude?

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/stories/2013/august/02/readmission-penalties-medicare-hospitals-year-two.aspx

July 3, 2014 2:19 pm



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