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Three N.J. hospitals named to U.S. News 'Common Care' list

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Hackensack University Medical Center was one of the hospitals on the list.
Hackensack University Medical Center was one of the hospitals on the list. - ()

Three New Jersey hospitals have been named to a new U.S. News & World Report list that recognizes hospitals for excellence in five common surgical procedures and chronic conditions.

Hackensack University Medical Center and Morristown Medical Center are among 34 hospitals nationwide that made the “Best Hospitals for Common Care" list for high performance in all five areas: hip replacement, knee replacement, heart bypass surgery, congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

University Medical Center of Princeton is one of the six hospitals nationwide that don't offer heart bypass surgery, but were recognized for high performance in the other four procedures and conditions.

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U.S. News & World Report analyzed data from 4,600 medical centers and ranked hospitals primarily on outcome measures including mortality, readmissions, health care-associated infections and other widely used measures of hospital quality to determine the outcome. More than 700 earned U.S. News’ highest rating in at least one procedure or condition, with just 34 rated as high performing in all five areas.

For 2014-15, HackensackUMC was listed as the No. 1 hospital in New Jersey in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital rankings, and earned a spot among the top 30 hospitals in the nation by receiving 11 national specialty rankings.

“We are pleased to be one of a select group of hospitals to offer the highest-quality complete care to our patients — in both specialty and common care. A heartfelt thank you to our physicians, nurses and the entire health care team for their continued dedication to our patients and their loved ones,” said Robert C. Garrett, chief executive of Hackensack University Health Network.

Dr. David Shulkin, president of Morristown Medical Center and vice president of Atlantic Health System, said: "The new ranking by U.S. News & World Report further demonstrates how the patient care we provide has elevated Morristown Medical Center to be recognized as one of the best in the nation.

“Year after year, we have made investments in our programs, facilities and technology, recruited the best and brightest physicians, nurses and staff, and focused on quality and outcomes. Through all of this and more, people around the country are beginning to take notice of Morristown Medical Center."

Barry S. Rabner, chief executive of Princeton HealthCare System, said: "Our results were gratifying because the ratings are based solely on objective data measuring important indicators of quality care, such as patient satisfaction, hospital-acquired infections and readmissions.

“Our hospital is one of only 40 in the nation noted as 'high performing' for every procedure or condition in which we were rated. That puts us in a class with less than 1 percent of the hospitals in the country, which is significant."

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Beth Fitzgerald

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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