Press Release

For Immediate Release
Aug 14, 2018
Contact : Mary Jo Layton, Manager, Media Relations  

U.S. News & World Report Once Again Names Hackensack Meridian Health Hospitals Among Best in New Jersey and New York Metro Area

Hackensack University Medical Center, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Riverview Medical Center, and Raritan Bay Medical Center are recognized as four of the top 10 hospitals in New Jersey  

Edison, NJ - Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey’s largest and most comprehensive health network, is proud to announce that four of its hospitals – Hackensack University Medical Center, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, and Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy – are being recognized among the best hospitals in New Jersey and the New York Metro area for 2018-2019 by U.S. News & World Report. The 29th annual Best Hospitals rankings recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.

Hackensack University Medical Center is ranked #2 in New Jersey and #5 in the New York Metro area. Hackensack University Medical Center continues to set the bar high for New Jersey hospitals. In addition to its Best Hospitals ranking, Hackensack University Medical Center is ranked nationally in orthopedics and high-performing in abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, colon cancer surgery, heart failure, hip replacement, knee replacement and lung cancer surgery.

Jersey Shore University Medical Center is ranked #4 in New Jersey and #12 in the New York Metro area. In addition, Jersey Shore is recognized as high performing in chronic constructive pulmonary disease, heart bypass surgery and heart failure.

Riverview Medical Center is ranked #8 in New Jersey and #16 in the New York Metro area. In addition to Riverview’s Best Hospital ranking, the medical center is high performing in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart failure and hip replacement.

New this year, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy is ranked #10 in New Jersey and #20 in the New York Metro area. Raritan Bay is also recognized as high performing in heart failure.

“Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals have been known for setting the standard of excellence for health care across New Jersey,” said Robert C. Garrett, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. “Our world-class care teams remain committed to providing the most compassionate, highest quality care for the patients, families and communities we serve.”

“Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals are committed to raising the bar in health care,” said John K. Lloyd, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. “These rankings once again show that our growing, innovative and dynamic organization is transforming care across New Jersey. We look forward to building upon the exceptional care our team members deliver each and every day.”

“Hackensack Meridian Health’s dedicated team members provide the highest quality of care while advancing innovation and enhancing the patient experience,” said Carol Barksy, M.D., MBA, senior vice president and chief quality officer. “We will continue to strive for excellence and look forward to achieving the highest quality standards for the patients and families we serve.”

For the 2018-19 rankings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide across 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. This year, a total of 158 hospitals were nationally ranked in at least one specialty. In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized hospitals as high performing across multiple areas of care. The methodologies used to compile the report include risk-adjusted survival and readmission rates, volume, patient experience, patient safety, quality of nursing care and other care-related indicators.


Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the largest, most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care.

Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 16 hospitals from Bergen to Ocean counties, which includes three academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, JFK Medical Center in Edison; two children’s hospitals – Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; nine community hospitals – Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood; and two rehabilitation hospitals – JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison and Shore Rehabilitation Institute in Brick.

Additionally, the network has more than 450 patient care locations throughout the state which include ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, urgent care centers and physician practice locations. Hackensack Meridian Health has 33,000 team members, and 6,500 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

The network’s notable distinctions include having one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, four hospitals among the top 10 in New Jersey by U.S. News and World Report. Other honors include consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the

National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” one of the “20 Best Workplaces in Health Care” in the nation, and the number one “Best Place to Work for Women.” The network was also named to Becker’s Healthcare’s “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare/2018” list.

The Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University, the first private medical school in New Jersey in more than 50 years, welcomed its first class of 60 students from a pool of more than 2,100 applicants in 2018 to the On3 campus in Nutley and Clifton.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Hackensack Meridian Health formed a partnership that brings together two world-class organizations with deep New Jersey roots and a single goal: Finding more cures for cancer faster while ensuring that patients have access to the highest quality, most individualized cancer care when and where they need it. To achieve this goal, the new Memorial Sloan Kettering-Hackensack Meridian Health partnership will combine both organizations’ unparalleled expertise in all areas of cancer care and research as well as their commitment to excellence, to accelerate new discoveries and improve the lives of patients they jointly serve while training a new generation of leaders in the field.

Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.

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