Morristown Medical Center bested Hackensack University Hospital for the top spot in New Jersey, followed by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, according to the report.
No New Jersey hospital earned a spot among the 20 named to the national "honor roll" for being the best of the best in numerous specialties. For the third consecutive year, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. claimed the top spot in America, followed by the Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. The list of the top 15 New Jersey hospitals includes a six-way tie for 10th place.
Here are New Jersey's top-performing hospitals as ranked by U.S. News & World Report:
10. (tie) Capital Health Regional Medical Center
The Trenton-based hospital earned high-performing status in the areas of nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, and for treating heart failure.
10. (tie) Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital SomersetPart of the RWJBarnabas Health chain, this hospital in Somerville was recognized for "high-performing" care in urology, as well as the treatment of heart failure and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).
10. (tie) Penn Medicine Princeton Medical CenterThe rankings awarded "high-performing" status for hip and knee replacement surgery and treating heart failure at this Plainsboro hospital, which the University of Pennsylvania Health System acquired in January.
10. (tie) Hackensack Meridian Health Raritan Bay Medical Center
Located in Perth Amboy, Raritan Bay was recognized for its speciality care in diabetes/endocrinology and nephrology, and for its treatment of heart failure. Hackensack Meridian Health acquired the Raritan Bay hospitals in 2016.
10. (tie) St. Barnabas Medical CenterLocated in Livingston and one of the flagship hospitals of the RWJBarnabas chain, St. Barnabas excelled in the treatment of heart failure, colon cancer surgery and COPD, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
10. (tie) Hunterdon Medical CenterThe hospital was noted for its expertise in geriatric and nephrology (kidney) care and for the treatment of heart failure.
8. (tie) Overlook Medical CenterPart of the Atlantic Health System chain, this hospital in Summit was recognized for its neurology and neurosurgery department, and for its expertise in performing colon cancer surgery and treating COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), and heart failure.
8. (tie) Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical CenterThis Red Bank hospital is a high performer in orthopedic care and ranks high in the treatment of heart failure and COPD, as well as performing hip replacement surgery.
6. (tie) Valley Hospital
Located in Ridgewood in competitive Bergen County, this hospital excelled in the treatment of heart failure, COPD, lung cancer, and for colon cancer and hip replacement surgeries.
6. (tie) Virtua Voorhees Hospital
Virtua in Voorhees excelled in five performance areas: treating heart failure and COPD, (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease,) performing colon cancer surgery and hip and knee replacement surgery.
5. AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center
This Atlantic City hospital is a high-performer in the areas of orthopedics, endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, and in treating COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), heart failure and performing hip and knee replacement surgeries.
4. Hackensack Meridian Health Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Jersey Shore in Neptune racked up accolades in the specialties of gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics, nephrology, orthopedics, urology, and for performing aortic valve surgery, heart bypass surgery and treating heart failure.
3. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
RWJBarnabas Health's other flagship hospital, located in New Brunswick, excels in six specialties: cancer, cardiology and cardiac surgery, geriatrics, nephrology, orthopedics and urology. It's also a high performer in treating heart failure and COPD, and for performing aortic valve surgery, heart bypass surgery, colon cancer surgery and lung cancer surgery.
It also ranked third in last year's report.
2. Hackensack University Medical CenterHackensack University Medical Center, the flagship hospital for the largest hospital system in the state, ranked 44th best in the nation in orthopedics. Within New Jersey, it claimed eight specialties in the "high-performing" category: cancer, endocrinology, geriatrics, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology. In the treatment and surgical categories, Hackensack was a high performer in lung cancer surgery, hip and knee replacements, colon cancer surgery, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), heart failure, and abdominal aortic aneurism repair. Hackensack was the top rated hospital last year.
1. Morristown Medical CenterMorristown Medical Center is home to the nation's 20th best cardiology and cardiac surgery department and 48th best gastroenterology and GI surgery, the rankings said. The flagship hospital for Atlantic Health System also ranked as a high performer in the state for geriatrics, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics and pulmonology. U.S. News and World Report gave high marks to Morristown's track record with lung cancer surgery, hip and knee replacement surgery, colon cancer surgery, heart bypass surgery, abdominal aortic aneurism repair, aortic valve surgery, and for treating heart failure.
Across all 16 specialties, Morristown Medical Center and Hackensack University Medical Center were among 152 hospitals that performed well enough to be nationally ranked, the report said. Morristown ranked 20th best in the nation for its cardiology department and 48th best for its gastroenterology departments.
Hackensack's orthopedics department ranked 44th best in the country.
Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation is ranked as fourth best rehabilitation hospital in the nation, the report said. This is the 26th consecutive year that Kessler Institute has been nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report.
Stand-outs in the regionThe magazine also analyzed data by region and created a ranking by metro areas, such as in New York and Philadelphia.
How New Jersey fared in the NY Metro region:
4. Morristown Medical Center
5. Hackensack University Medical Center
6. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital-New Brunswick
12. Jersey Shore University Medical Center
14. Valley Hospital
16 (tie) Riverview Medical Center; Overlook Hospital
20. (tie) Hunterdon Medical Center; St. Barnabas Medical Center; Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital-Somerset;
New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia and Cornell was ranked first.
In the Philadelphia metro region:
10. Virtua Voorhees Hospital
Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian was number 1.
About the reportAlthough several report cards and consumer guides exist, U.S. News and World Report launched the model nearly 30 years ago. Hospitals compete for the coveted designation that they used in their advertising and promote with laminated plaques in their lobbies. The criteria include survival and readmission rates, patient experience and feedback, physician surveys, safety measures and quality of nursing care. The rankings favor high-volume hospitals. “For nearly three decades, U.S. News has strived to make hospital quality more transparent to healthcare consumers nationwide,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “By providing the most comprehensive data available on nearly every hospital across the United States, we give patients, families and physicians information to support their search for the best care across a range of procedures, conditions and specialties.”
Read the report here.
Content gathered & updated by the Bergen Review Media team.