Hackensack Meridian Health Hospitals Honored as National Research Corporation Consumer Choice Hospitals

Hackensack Meridian Health is pleased to announce that two of its hospitals have been recognized as National Research Corporation (NRC) 2016-2017 Consumer Choice Award winners: Hackensack University Medical Center (Hackensack, NJ) and Jersey Shore University Medical Center (Neptune, NJ).  This marked the 21st consecutive win for HackensackUMC in the Bergen-Passaic market—every year since the award’s inception.  HackensackUMC is the only hospital in Bergen County to make the list, and was also named a co-winner in the Jersey City market for the sixth consecutive year. Jersey Shore University Medical Center is the only hospital in the Monmouth-Ocean market, and has received the award nine times.

“Today’s health care market is all about consumer-driven products and services,” said Robert C. Garrett, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. “Patients know they have a choice as to where to receive health care, and throughout our network we have focused on responding to and anticipating the needs of our patients and their loved ones. We congratulate the teams at HackensackUMC and Jersey Shore University Medical Center for providing this award-winning care.”

“Hackensack Meridian Health is proud to be home to two of the Consumer Choice Award winners,” said John K. Lloyd, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. “Across our continuum of care, we are dedicated to providing care that is not only clinically-excellent, but is also patient- and family-centered. Our patients are at the heart of all we do, and we are honored to be recognized for the achievements we’ve made in being a provider of choice.”

The Consumer Choice Award by National Research Corporation identifies hospitals across the United States that healthcare consumers choose as having the highest quality and image. Winners are determined by consumer perceptions on multiple quality and image ratings collected in the company’s Market Insights survey, the largest online consumer healthcare survey in the country. National Research surveys more than 300,000 households in the contiguous 48 states and the District of Columbia. Hospitals named by consumers are analyzed and ranked based on Core Based Statistical Areas defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, with winning facilities being ranked the highest.

A complete list of winners can be found at

About Hackensack Meridian Health

Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care.  Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 13 hospitals, including two academic medical centers, two children’s hospitals and nine community hospitals, physician practices, more than 120 ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, and urgent care and after-hours centers. Hackensack Meridian Health has 28,000 team members, more than 6,000 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

The Network’s notable distinctions include having one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, the number one hospital in New Jersey as ranked by U.S. News and World Report, consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” one of the “20 Best Workplaces in Health Care” in the nation, and the number one “Best Place to Work for Women.”  Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.

The hospitals of Hackensack Meridian Health include: academic medical centers – HackensackUMC in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune; children’s hospitals – Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; community hospitals –  Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, HackensackUMC Mountainside in Montclair, HackensackUMC Palisades in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley in Westwood.

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About National Research Corporation

For 35 years, National Research Corporation (NASDAQ: NRCIA and NRCIB) has been at the forefront of patient-centered care. Today the company’s focus on empowering customer-centric healthcare across the continuum extends patient-centered care to incorporate families, communities, employees, senior housing residents, and other stakeholders. National Research is dedicated to representing the true voice of patients and other healthcare stakeholders. This integration of cross-continuum metrics and analytics uncovers insights for effective performance improvement, quality measurement, care transitions, and many other factors that impact population health management. For more information, call 800-388-4264, write to, or visit