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The U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital rankings released Tuesday included two lists of New Jersey hospitals, one for the state as a whole and one for South Jersey.

Among New Jersey hospitals, Hackensack University Medical Center finished in first place in the rankings, followed by Morristown Medical Center. Tied for third place were AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, in Atlantic City, and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, in New Brunswick.

“Earning a place on this prestigious list is the direct result of strong partnerships and the spirit of teamwork that exists among our faculty and community physicians, nurses, allied health professionals and employees,” said Stephen K. Jones, chief executive of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Robert Wood Johnson Health System. “We are fortunate to work closely with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and now our team at RWJ Somerset’s Steeplechase Cancer Center to bring residents of our state and region the finest cancer care, research and advanced clinical trials available anywhere in the United States."

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The Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, in West Orange, ranked fifth; Saint Peter’s University Hospital, in New Brunswick, sixth, Holy Name Medical Center, in Teaneck, seventh. Tied for eighth place are Jersey Shore University Medical Center, in Neptune, and St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, in Paterson; Newark Beth Israel Medical Center ranked in 10th place.

In addition, Hackensack ranked fourth in the entire New York metro region, with Morristown fifth and Robert Wood Johnson 10th.

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U.S. News also named four hospitals as top-ranked in southern New Jersey, led by AtlantiCare. The others were, respectively, Ocean Medical Center in Brick; Kennedy University Hospital, Cherry Hill; and Cooper University Hospital in Camden.

Joan Brennan, vice president of quality and performance excellence for AtlantiCare, said: "AtlantiCare focuses on patient safety every day. It is through the collaboration of the physicians on our medical staff, our dedicated and experienced nurses, our pharmacy team, and many other AtlantiCare individuals at the bedside and behind the scenes on the clinical team that we continue to deliver the highest levels of care. But what is also critical to patient safety and quality care, is involving our patients and their families in their care by making sure they understand their care. Understanding various hospital rankings — especially the data that is used — can help patients make informed decisions about their care."

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Beth Fitzgerald

Beth Fitzgerald reports on health care, small business and higher education. She joined NJBIZ in 2008 after a 34-year career at the Star-Ledger and has been reporting on business in New Jersey since 1978. Her email is beth@njbiz.com and she is @bethfitzgerald8 on Twitter.

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