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Hackensack edges Morristown for state's top hospital in prestigious U.S. News rankings

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Hackensack University Medical Center was the top hospital on the New Jersey list.
Hackensack University Medical Center was the top hospital on the New Jersey list. - ()

Hackensack University Medical Center was once again named the top hospital in New Jersey by the prestigious U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings, which were released Tuesday morning.

Hackensack was nationally ranked in five of the identified specialties and rated “high performing” in six others, helping it earn the No. 4 overall honor in the New York City area.

Morristown Medical Center earned the No. 2 spot in the state and No. 5 in the area after being nationally ranked in four specialties and high performing in five others.

The Kessler Rehabilitation Institute in West Orange was the only other New Jersey hospital to earn a national ranking, finishing No. 3 overall for rehabilitation. Kessler, because it is not a general medical-surgical hospital, is not considered for the New Jersey or area ranking.

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Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick (No. 8) and Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune (tied for No. 10) were the only other state hospitals to make the area Top 10.

Only 144 of the nearly 5,000 hospitals that were analyzed earned a national ranking in even one specialty. Having five national rankings puts Hackensack among the Top 50 hospitals.

Of those 50, Hackensack was one of only five to be ranked as high performing in five common care rankings (knee replacement, hip replacement, COPD, heart failure and heart bypass surgery).

Robert C. Garrett, the CEO and president of Hackensack University Health Network, said he was thrilled to see the hospital be ranked so highly in so many areas of care.

“I’m obviously thrilled by Hackensack’s rankings in so many specialties, but I’m also proud of the fact Hackensack offers such complete care,” he said.

“If you need care for common ailments, you know you’re going to get great expertise and great hospital care at Hackensack. But if you need something more, if you need specialized care, I’ve been saying for years, you don’t have to go to New York City. We have it here, and these rankings prove it every year.”

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Brian Gragnolati, CEO and president of Atlantic Health System, said the rankings affirm Morristown Medical Center's commitment to providing quality care.

“Five years ago, Morristown Medical Center broke into the Top 50 hospital designation with its rankings in cardiology & heart surgery," he said in a prepared statement. "Our efforts throughout the organization in bringing together top physicians to work collaboratively and our investments in facilities and technology have resulted in national and regional acclaim, but we strive for more. I am working with leaders throughout AHS to determine not only how to maintain our national recognition for Morristown Medical Center, but how to enhance other key services throughout our system that are critical to patients and their families.”

U.S. News evaluates hospitals in 16 adult specialties. In most specialties, it ranks the nation's Top 50 hospitals and recognizes other high-performing hospitals that provide care at nearly the level of their nationally ranked peers.

Hackensack was nationally ranked in neurology and neurosurgery (No. 28 in the nation), cardiology and heart surgery (No. 42), urology (No. 42), orthopedics (No. 47) and geriatrics (No. 48).

Hackensack was high performing in cancer, ear nose and throat, gastroenterology and GI surgery, gynecology, nephrology and pulmonology.

Morristown was nationally ranked in orthopedics (No. 29), pulmonology (No. 45), cardiology and heart surgery (No. 45) and geriatrics (No. 50).

And it was high performing in gastroenterology and GI surgery, gynecology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, and urology.

Other New Jersey hospitals ranked in the area include Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick (tied for No. 12), University Medical Center of Princeton in Plainsboro (tied for No. 12), Overlook Medical Center in Summit (tied for No. 16) and Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck (tied for No. 18), Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank (tied for No. 18), Valley Hospital in Ridgewood (tied for No. 24) and University Hospital in Newark (tied for No. 26).

For the complete U.S. News & World Report rankings, click here.

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