HackensackUMC Named one of Healthgrades 2015 America’s 50 Best Hospitals

HackensackUMC is the Only Hospital in NJ, NY and New England to be Named one of Healthgrades 2015 America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Nine Consecutive Years


HackensackUMC is pleased to announce that it has received the Healthgrades 2015 America’s 50 Best Hospitals Awardfor the ninth year in a row—the only hospital in New Jersey, New York and New England to do so.  The distinction makes HackensackUMC one of the top 1 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide for its consistent, year-over-year superior clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.


“We are tremendously proud to be ranked among the top 50 hospitals in America,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer, Hackensack University Health Network. “We remain focused on providing clinical quality and excellence, and Healthgrades’ ranking affirms this level of commitment. Patients and healthcare consumers are more involved and informed in their care than ever, and healthcare ratings agencies help guide them to the most appropriate provider with the best clinical outcomes.”


From 2011 through 2013, Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award recipients, as a group, had a 25 percent lower risk adjusted mortality rate across 19 procedures and conditions where in-hospital mortality was the clinical outcome, compared to all other hospitals.  During this same period, if all other hospitals performed at the level of America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award recipients across these 19 procedures and conditions, 168,239 lives could potentially have been saved.  For example, patients treated at a hospital that has achieved the America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award had, on average, a 26.6 percent lower risk of dying from heart failure than if treated at a hospital that did not receive the award.


Variation in hospital performance exists locally as well as nationally.  For example, in the New York, NY area, there were two hospitals out of 10 eligible hospitals for the America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award.  HackensackUMC is among the hospitals in the New York City area with some of the best quality care across at least 21 of 32 common inpatient conditions and procedures evaluated by Healthgrades during a period of at least six years.


“The Healthgrades analysis shows that not all hospitals perform equally, so it is important that consumers do their homework when selecting a hospital,” said Evan Marks, chief strategy officer, Healthgrades.  “Those hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades distinction have demonstrated a commitment to exceptional clinical quality care over an extended period of time.” 


The 50 recipients of the America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award™ stand out among the rest for overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of care. During the 2015 study period (2011-2013), these hospitals showed superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients in the Medicare population across at least 21 of 32 of the most common inpatient conditions and procedures —as measured by objective performance data (risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications). To learn more about how Healthgrades determines America’s 50 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 1,250 beds, nearly 10,000 employees and 2,700 credentialed physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital rankings for 2014-15. It is one of the top 30 hospitals in the nation by receiving 11 national specialty rankings, including a national ranking for the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Neurology and Neurosurgery in the 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals. 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 Health Center, and was included on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ for nine years in a row, and received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 13 years in a row. The medical center has also been named a Leapfrog Top Hospital, and received 23 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 was Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament and the NY/NJ Super Bowl XLV111 Host Committee. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit: www.HackensackUMC.org.   







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