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

July 15, 2014

NEW BRUNSWICK and SOMERVILLE, N.J. – Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) has been ranked as one of America’s Best Hospitals for 2014-15 by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 25th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.

This year, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital’s Cancer Program ranks No. 50 on the list. For 2014-15, U.S. News evaluated hospitals in 16 adult specialties and ranked the top 50 in most of the specialties. Just three percent of the nearly 5,000 hospitals that were analyzed for Best Hospitals 2014-15 earned national ranking in even one specialty.

“Earning a place on this prestigious list is the direct result of strong partnerships and the spirit of teamwork that exists among our faculty and community physicians, nurses, allied health professionals and employees,” explains Stephen K. Jones, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Robert Wood Johnson Health System. “We are fortunate to work closely with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and now our team at RWJ Somerset’s Steeplechase Cancer Center to bring residents of our state and region the finest cancer care, research and advanced clinical trials available anywhere in the United States.”

Jones also looks forward to increasing access to world-class cancer services for patients through the merger of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Somerset Medical Center, which created one 965-bed hospital with campuses in Somerville and New Brunswick following the merger’s completion in June. 

The merger has established a strong foundation for future growth and innovation across RWJUH New Brunswick’s Cancer Program and oncology services offered through RWJUH Somerset’s Steeplechase Cancer Center.

“Both Somerset Medical Center and Robert Wood Johnson have enjoyed a proven relationship with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. The merger allows us to build upon these partnerships while bringing together the best of the Cancer Institute and the Steeplechase Cancer Center,” Jones explains.  

U.S. News also recognizes hospitals that perform nearly at the level of their nationally ranked peers and represent valuable regional sources of quality care. RWJUH also was listed by U.S. News as “high performing” in 10 specialties: cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology.

“The data tell the story – a hospital that emerged from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of,” says U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “A Best Hospital has demonstrated its expertise in treating the most challenging patients.”

U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition or extra risk because of age or multiple health problems. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.

The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Using the same data, U.S. News produced the state and metro rankings.

The rankings are freely available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals and will appear in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2015” guidebook, available in August.

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.