Hackensack University Medical Center, the flagship hospital of the second-largest health system in the state, Hackensack Meridian Health, was ranked the No. 1 hospital in New Jersey by U.S. News & World Report.
No New Jersey hospitals ranked on the national list, although Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, which recently announced an affiliation with Kennedy Health, ranked at No. 16 of 20 on the overall best hospitals honor roll.
Robert Garrett, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health, said he is proud of the fact that Hackensack UMC has been ranked No. 1 in the region for six straight years.
In addition, three other hospitals from the health system ranked in the Top 10 regionally.
“As a network, we did really extraordinarily well,” Garrett said.
Asked why the rankings mean so much, especially in an increasingly patient-rating-focused industry, Garrett replied that it can affect future employment for providers.
“U.S. News has been around for a while. It really is a determining factor for physicians,” Garrett said. “So, if a physician is practicing at a New York hospital and they see Hackensack amongst the Top 4 New York metro hospitals and they see them as No. 1 in New Jersey, they are more likely, if they have the opportunity, to move their practice to a place like Hackensack. U.S. News is one of the key indicators that I’ve seen over the years; physicians and even nurses ask about the rankings.”
Garrett added he was proud of the team and all the effort and focus the system has kept on quality control, and ensuring that teams analyze issues as they arise.
The other ranked hospitals in New Jersey include:
2. Morristown Medical Center (part of Atlantic Health System)
3. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick (part of RWJBarnabas Health)
4. Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune (part of HMH)
5. AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Atlantic City campus
5. Valley Hospital, Ridgewood
7. Virtua Health-Voorhees
T8. Ocean Medical Center, Brick Township (part of HMH)
T8. Overlook Medical Center, Summit (part of Atlantic Health)
T8. Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank (part of HMH)
T8. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, Somerville (part of RWJBarnabas)
T8. University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro
T13. Capital Health Medical Center-Hopewell, Pennington (part of Capital Health System)
T13. Capital Health Regional Medical Center, Trenton (part of Capital Health)
T13. Community Medical Center, Toms River (part of RWJBarnabas)
T13. Englewood Hospital and Medical Center (affiliated with HMH)
T13. Hunterdon Medical Center, Flemington
T13. Inspira Medical Center-Elmer (part of Inspira Health Network)
T13. Inspira Medical Center-Vineland (part of Inspira Health Network)
T13. Kennedy Health System-Cherry Hill
T13. St. Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston (part of RWJBarnabas)
T13. St. Joseph's Healthcare System-Paterson
T13. St. Peter's University Hospital, New Brunswick
24. Holy Name Medical Center, Teaneck
For the complete rankings, click here.