Healthgrades names 9 NJ hospitals as best in the US (updated)

Dawn Furnas//January 17, 2023//

Healthgrades names 9 NJ hospitals as best in the US (updated)

Dawn Furnas//January 17, 2023//

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Nine Garden State hospitals landed on Healthgrades’ newly released 2023 America’s Best Hospitals lists – with three also cracking the top 100 and two making it onto the top 50 rankings.  

The Healthgrades lists, unveiled Jan. 17, recognize the national leaders in overall clinical care and the top-ranked hospitals for specialty care by state. These rankings represent the top 1%, 2% and 5% of hospitals in the U.S. 

Morristown Medical Center
Morristown Medical Center

The hospital leaders in New Jersey, listed in alphabetical order, are: 

America’s 50 Best Hospitals List

  • Morristown Medical Center, Morristown 
  • Overlook Medical Center, Summit 

America’s 100 Best Hospitals List

  • Morristown Medical Center, Morristown 
  • Overlook Medical Center, Summit 
  • Valley Hospital, Ridgewood 

America’s 250 Best Hospitals List

  • Chilton Medical Center, Pompton Plains 
  • Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston 
  • Hackensack Meridian Health Bayshore Medical Center, Holmdel 
  • Hackensack Meridian Health Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune 
  • Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack 
  • Morristown Medical Center, Morristown 
  • Overlook Medical Center, Summit 
  • Princeton Medical Center, Plainsboro 
  • Valley Hospital, Ridgewood 

“Healthgrades makes it easy for consumers to choose a doctor based on the three factors that matter most: compatibility, relevant experience, and the quality of the hospital where you’ll be treated,” Burt Kann, executive vice president and head of product at Healthgrades, said in a statement. “With these awards, we are helping consumers identify the highest quality care in their community by celebrating the hospitals that consistently deliver better-than-expected clinical outcomes.” 

By the numbers

A recent Healthgrades survey found that 64% of consumers are more concerned with their health and wellness than they were before the pandemic. Additionally, 57% of respondents said they are now more concerned with the quality of health care they receive.  

To determine the top 250 U.S. hospitals, Healthgrades used proprietary data to evaluate clinical performance for nearly 4,500 hospitals across more than 31 of the most common procedures and conditions. Additionally, the health care platform measured the hospitals across 18 specialty areas, including cardiac care, critical care, gastrointestinal care, joint replacement, neurosciences, orthopedic surgery, pulmonary care, stroke care, surgical care, and vascular surgery and more. 

By the end of the year, Healthgrades said it will begin incorporating health equity data – including medical codes for social determinants of health (such as housing, food insecurity, transportation and interpersonal safety) and third-party data sets – into its methodology. 

Kudos from the leaders 

Audrey Meyers

“We are honored to be recognized as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades,” Audrey Meyers, president and CEO of Valley Health System, said in statement about Valley Hospital. “This prestigious award for clinical outcomes demonstrates the importance we place on delivering the highest-quality care and service to our patients and their families.” 

Atlantic Health System also released a statement, commending its Morristown, Overlook and Chilton medical centers for the recognition. This is the first year Chilton made the list. 

“The addition of Chilton Medical Center to Healthgrades’ lists of Best Hospitals, alongside consecutive recognition for Morristown Medical Center and Overlook Medical Center, reflects the commitment to high-quality care and safety central to the culture of Atlantic Health System,” said Scott Leighty, executive vice president, chief health system officer. “We are truly proud of how the talented team members and physicians are raising the level of care at each of our medical centers.” 

RWJBarnabas Health lauded its recognized facilities, including Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center, which made the Top 250. Two other facilities – Community Medical Center in Toms River and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Somerset in Somerville – earned praise for their work in specialty areas.  

“We are honored to be recognized by Healthgrades among the top hospitals in the state across a number of specialty care areas,” Dr. Andy Anderson, executive vice president, chief medical and quality officer at RWJBarnabas Health, said in a statement. “We are committed to providing the residents of New Jersey safe, high-quality comprehensive care, and these rankings are a testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff to enhance patient outcomes across our facilities.”

Robert Garrett, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health

Robert Garrett, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health, said about the provider’s three rankings: “This latest recognition from Healthgrades placing our hospitals among America’s 250 Best Hospitals is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team members who continue to strive for excellence in everything we do.

“As the healthcare industry continues to face ongoing challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are incredibly grateful for our team members who tirelessly provide the outstanding care our patients have come to expect from us,” Garrett continued. “I would like to thank our health care heroes who helped us achieve this recognition.”

Editor’s note: This story was updated at 7:36 a.m. ET Jan. 18 to include the complete name of Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center. It was updated at 1:55 p.m. ET Jan. 19 to include a statement from Hackensack Meridian Health.