Hackensack University Medical Center Named one of the Nation’s Top 1% of Hospitals for Eight Consecutive Years According to Healthgrades

Hackensack University Medical Center announced today that it has been named an America’s 50 Best, by Healthgrades, which puts Hackensack University Medical Center in the top one percent of hospitals nationwide for the eighth year in a row.  Healthgrades, theleading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals, evaluated more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide.No other hospital in New York, New Jersey and New England has received this distinction for eight consecutive years.

“It is an honor for HackensackUMC to be listed again as one of America’s 50 Best,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of the Hackensack University Health Network. “Patients throughout the country are getting more involved and educated in their care, and utilize resources such as Healthgrades to make informed decisions in treatment. To be listed among the 50 best indicates that the quality of care patients will receive here at HackensackUMC is second to none.”

This recognition was released in conjunction with Healthgrades new report, “Voices of America’s Best: Strategies That Sustain Quality”, which takes an in-depth look at the strategies, goals and processes of the country’s top performing hospitals. HackensackUMC contributed their experience and best practices they credit for sustaining their performance and placing them in the top 1 percent of all hospitals in the U.S.

They provided specific detail into the actions they take, that others might consider to be catch-phrases:  Leadership engagement, quality culture, and continuous measurement.   Key themes include setting ambitious goals to move the bar higher, empowering teams for action, and having courage to face the bad and ugly, not just the good. To view the full report, click here.

Across the country, if all hospitals performed at the level of all hospitals achieving this distinction,157,069 lives could have potentially been saved nationwide between 2010 and 2012. In other words, there was a 23.29 percent lower risk-adjusted mortality rate for the hospitals among the Healthgrades’ America’s 50 BestTMHospitals when compared to all other hospitals in the nation (across 19 procedures and conditions where in-hospital mortality was the clinical outcome).

“Our team of physicians, nurses and staff has worked tirelessly to maintain our reputation as one of the best hospitals in the nation,” said Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., executive vice president and chief medical officer, HackensackUMC. “We are proud of our entire HackensackUMC team for going beyond in their care to ensure optimal patient results.”

Variation in hospital performance exists locally as well as nationally.  For example, of the 66 hospitals evaluated located in the New York, NY/Northern New Jersey metropolitan area for treatment of heart failure, risk-adjusted in-hospital mortality rates ranged from 1.2 percent on the low end to 9.7 percent on the high end, which is an over eight-fold difference in mortality rates.

“Today, hospitals are working harder than ever to achieve quality care, which makes this distinction even more significant,” said Evan Marks, EVP, Informatics and Strategy, Healthgrades. “Consumers can have confidence that a hospital receiving the America’s 50 BestTMdesignation has demonstrated a steadfast, organizational commitment to quality.”

Healthgrades America’s 50 BestTMdesignation recognizes hospitals for consistent clinical excellence by identifying those that received a Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellencefor the most consecutive years. HackensackUMC is the only hospital in New York, New Jersey and New England to receive the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for 12 consecutive years. To be eligible for the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence, a hospital had to have been evaluated for its performance in at least 21 of the 30 Healthgrades procedures and conditions, based on Medicare inpatient data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) database. To learn more about how Healthgrades determines America’s Best Hospitals Award recipients, please visit www.healthgrades.com/quality.


About Hackensack University Medical Center

HackensackUMC, a nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is the flagship hospital of Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,140 beds, nearly 10,000 employees and 2,200 credentialed physicians.HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey and one of the top three New York metro area hospitals in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital rankings for 2013-14. It also received 10 national rankings in: Cancer; Cardiology & Heart Surgery; Ear, Nose & Throat; Gastroenterology & GI Surgery; Geriatrics; Neurology & Neurosurgery; Orthopedics; Pulmonology; Urology; and the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital ranked as one of the Top 50 Best Children’s Hospitals for Neurology and Neurosurgery in the 2013-14 Best Children’s Hospitals list. The children’s hospital is housed with the Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital in the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Center using the highest “green building” standards, and was included on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is among Healthgrades® America’s Best 100 Hospitals in five different areas – more than any other hospital in the state, is one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ for eight years in a row, and received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 12 years in a row. The medical center has also been named a Leapfrog Top Hospital, and received 22 Gold Seals of Approval™ by the Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls, and remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit: www.HackensackUMC.org.   




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