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RWJUH Earns Fourth Prestigious Magnet Designation for Nursing Excellence

January 19, 2011

(New Brunswick) - Following a rigorous re-designation process, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) has earned Magnet recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for the fourth time. RWJUH is one of only a handful of organizations nationally to achieve this distinction.

With this achievement, RWJUH solidifies its place among an elite group of health care providers that belong to the Magnet community. This community includes a select group of 382 health care organizations out of an estimated 6,000 that are eligible for the national distinction for nursing excellence.

“We are proud to achieve Magnet Designation for the fourth time,” said Stephen K. Jones, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of RWJUH. “Not only do our nurses provide exceptional bedside care, but they are leaders in research, community outreach and regularly share best practices with colleagues in their field. It’s a tremendous honor to have our nurses’ talent and expertise recognized.”

To achieve Magnet Designation, RWJUH underwent an exhaustive review by a team of ANCC surveyors this past December.

RWJUH staff celebrates as the Magnet Designation
announcement is made.

The process begins with the submission of an electronic application, followed by written documentation demonstrating both qualitative and quantitative evidence regarding patient care and outcomes.

If scores from the written documentation fall within a range of excellence, surveyors make an on-site visit to thoroughly assess the organization’s application.

Following this site visit, the Commission on Magnet reviews the completed appraisal report and votes to determine if Magnet recognition will be granted.

Health care organizations earning Magnet Designation demonstrate evidence of higher patient satisfaction with nursing care, availability of help from nursing staff, as well as lower 30-day mortality rates, less documented incidence of failure to rescue and reduced fall rates. By receiving this fourth Magnet Designation, RWJUH re-affirms its position as an unparalleled national leader in nursing practice.

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 ( 

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 first 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 three times. In addition, RWJUH was named among the best places to work in health care by Modern Healthcare magazine and received the Equity Care of Award as Top Hospital for Healthcare Diversity and Inclusion from the American Hospital Association.

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 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.