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HackensackUMC once again tops U.S. News' ranking of N.J. hospitals

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Hackensack University Medical Center was ranked as the top hospital in New Jersey by U.S. News & World Report.
Hackensack University Medical Center was ranked as the top hospital in New Jersey by U.S. News & World Report. - ()

U.S. News & World Report released its rankings of New Jersey hospitals, both within the state and compared with others in the New York metro area.

Once again sitting at the top of the list in New Jersey, and ranked fourth in the New York region, is Hackensack University Medical Center.

Scores are based on a variety of patient-outcome and care-related factors, such as patient safety and nurse staffing, according to the report.

“These Best Hospital rankings underscore the high-quality patient care Hackensack Meridian Health consistently delivers to residents across New Jersey and the region,” said Robert Garrett, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health, the parent company of the hospital.  “We are extremely proud that HackensackUMC is once again considered the best hospital in New Jersey and one of the top hospitals in the nation. Our physicians and team members truly believe in the care they provide, and are excited to offer patients more options and innovative treatments.”

The Top 13 hospitals in New Jersey include a number of Hackensack Meridian medical centers, as well as RWJBarnabas Health hospitals and other independent health systems.

Two hospitals tied for fifth place in New Jersey, and five hospitals tied for eighth place.

Here is the New Jersey ranking:

1. Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack Meridian (Hackensack)

2. Morristown Medical Center, Atlantic Health (Morristown)

3. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, RWJBarnabas Health (New Brunswick)

4. Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Hackensack Meridian (Neptune)

5 (tie). AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, AtlantiCare Health (Atlantic City)

5 (tie). Valley Hospital (Ridgewood)

7. Englewood Hospital and Medical Center (Englewood)

8 (tie). Ocean Medical Center, Hackensack Meridian (Brick Township)

8 (tie). St. Joseph’s Medical Center (Paterson)

8 (tie). St. Peter’s University Hospital (New Brunswick)

8 (tie). University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro (Plainsboro)

8 (tie). Virtua Voorhees, Virtua Health (Voorhees)

13. Overlook Medical Center, Atlantic Health (Summit)

In the New York metro area, Morristown ranked No. 6, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital ranked 11th and Jersey Shore University Medical Center ranked 13th.

Others in the Top 20 regionally included Valley Hospital, at No. 14, and Englewood Hospital at No. 16.

Four New Jersey hospitals tied for No. 18 in the region: Ocean Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, St. Peter’s University Hospital and University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro.

Overlook Medical Center tied for 22nd.

Virtua Voorhees was ranked No. 10 in the Philadelphia metro area. Its sister hospital, Virtua Memorial, was not included in the rankings, but was included in the report as a "High-Performing" hospital in two clinical areas: treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, and heart failure.

Kennedy Health System, which has hospitals in Cherry Hill, Stratford and Washington Township, was also included in the report as a high-performing hospital in two areas: COPD, and diabetes & endocrinology care, the health system said in a statement.

“We are honored and thrilled that the hard work of our associates and the excellent clinical outcomes at our hospitals have been recognized in this prestigious national report,” said Kennedy Health CEO and President Joseph Devine.

Cooper University Health was also recognized as high-performing in the following specialties: COPD, heart bypass surgery and heart failure.

Jersey City Medical Center was also listed as a top performer in COPD and heart failure.

For the complete listings, click here.

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Anjalee Khemlani

Anjalee Khemlani

Anjalee Khemlani covers health care. You can contact her at anjaleek@njbiz.com.

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