Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
New Brunswick • Somerset

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Named One of the Nation’s Best Hospitals by U.S.News & World Report for Fourth Consecutive Year

July 15, 2010

(New Brunswick, NJ) - For the fourth consecutive year, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) has placed among the top hospitals in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report’s 2010 ranking of “America’s Best Hospitals.”

RWJUH is one of only 152 U.S. hospitals to achieve rankings on the prestigious annual list. A total of 4,852 hospitals were evaluated nationally. This year, RWJUH ranked No. 37 in pulmonology.

“Earning this distinction four years in a row is clear evidence that RWJUH, in partnership with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and our private physicians in the community, continues to define itself as a national leader in academic medicine,” said RWJUH President and CEO Stephen K. Jones, FACHE. “This honor is a source of tremendous pride and accomplishment as RWJUH continues to defy the challenging health care environment by expanding services and programs to meet the needs of the communities we serve.”

U.S.News & World Report’s 2010 “America’s Best Hospitals” guide ranks 152 medical centers nationwide in 16 specialties--with full data available online at www.usnews.com/besthospitals for another 1,500 that are unranked. The 16 ranked specialties are: cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, ear, nose, and throat, gastroenterology, geriatrics, gynecology, heart and heart surgery, kidney disorders, neurology and neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopedics, psychiatry, pulmonology, rehabilitation, rheumatology and urology.

Jones added, “This recognition is fitting for our entire team of dedicated faculty and community physicians, nurses, allied health professionals and employees, as well as all of the partners on our academic health campus whose commitment to excellence and quality in patient care is second to none. It shows once again that you can have access to the most advanced innovations and best medical care in the nation close to home.”

About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is a 965-bed academic medical center with campuses in New Brunswick and Somerville, NJ. Its Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation, cancer care, stroke care, neuroscience, joint replacement, and women’s and children’s care including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (www.bmsch.org). As the flagship Cancer Hospital of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the principal teaching hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, RWJUH is an innovative leader in advancing state-of-the-art care. A Level 1 Trauma Center and the only Pediatric Trauma Center in the state, RWJUH’s New Brunswick campus serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness.

RWJUH has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report seven times and has been selected by the publication as a high performing hospital in numerous specialties. The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report for three consecutive years.

Both the New Brunswick and Somerset campuses have earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety, including the prestigious Magnet® Award for Nursing Excellence, an “A” patient safety rating from the Leapfrog Group and “Most Wired” designation by Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine. The Joint Commission and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services have designated the New Brunswick Campus as a Comprehensive Stroke Center and the Somerset Campus as a Primary Stroke Center.

The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer has rated RWJUH New Brunswick among the nation’s best comprehensive cancer centers and designated the Steeplechase Cancer Center at RWJ Somerset as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center. The Joint Surgery Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for total knee and total hip replacement surgery.