(New Brunswick, NJ) - For the fifth 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 2011 ranking of “America’s Best Hospitals.”
RWJUH is one of only 140 U.S. hospitals to achieve rankings on the prestigious annual list. A total of 4,825 hospitals were evaluated nationally. This year, RWJUH ranks No. 42 in pulmonology. In addition, RWJUH was classified by U.S.News as high performing in cancer care; cardiology and heart surgery; diabetes and endocrinology; ear, nose and throat care; gastroenterology, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology and orthopedics.
“Earning this distinction five 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.
The core mission of Best Hospitals is to help guide patients who need an especially high level of care because of a difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age. “These are referral centers where other hospitals send their sickest patients,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. “Hospitals like these are ones you or those close to you should consider when the stakes are high.”
Jones added, “Achieving this status for five consecutive years is a fitting tribute to the outstanding 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 reaffirms that New Jersey residents have access to the finest innovations and technology available anywhere in the United States.”
Covering 94 metro areas in the U.S., the regional hospital rankings complement the national rankings by including hospitals with solid performance nearly at the level of nationally ranked institutions. The rankings cover 16 medical specialties and all 94 metro areas that have at least 500,000 residents and at least one hospital that performed well enough to be ranked.
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.