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Hackensack Named Top Hospital In New Jersey

U.S. News ranked Hackensack University Medical Center as the No. 4 hospital in the New York Metro area and the top hospital in New Jersey

has been named the top hospital in New Jersey and the fourth best hospital in the New York Metro area in annual rankings by U.S. News & World Report.

The 775-bed facility in Bergen County is considered the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state, and home to the only Level II Trauma Center in the county. The campus also includes the Heart & Vascular Hospital, the John Theurer Cancer Center, the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, and the Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital.

“What an honor it is to receive this recognition from a prestigious healthcare ratings agency such as U.S. News & World Report,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of HackensackUMC in a press release. “To be placed among some of the finest hospitals in the country is truly a compliment and affirmation of the type of care provided at our medical center."

The hospital received eight national rankings in: Cancer; Cardiology & Heart Surgery; Ear, Nose & Throat; Gastroenterology; Geriatrics; Neurology & Neurosurgery; Orthopedics; Urology. Also the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital was ranked as one of the 25 Best Children’s Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery in U.S. News & World Report’s 2012-13 Best Children’s Hospitals.

The medical center was also listed as high-performing in the New York metro area in: Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gynecology, Nephrology, and Pulmonology.

The 2012-13 Best Hospitals list included 720 of the nation’s roughly 5,000 hospitals. Approximately there are fewer than 150 which are nationally ranked in at least one of 16 medical specialties. The rest of the recognized hospitals met a standard of performance nearly as demanding in one or more specialties.

The hospital rankings, said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow, are like a GPS-type aid to help steer patients to hospitals with strong skills in the procedures and medical conditions that present the biggest challenges.

“All of these hospitals are the kinds of medical centers that should be on your list when you need the best care,” said Comarow. “They are where other hospitals send the toughest cases.”

Highlights of the 2012-13 rankings will appear in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2013 guidebook, to go on sale in August. The complete rankings and methodology are available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals.

Allan Conley July 26, 2012 at 07:36 PM
The US News and WorldReport ratings and rankings are a farce. How can HUMC be rated higher than Morristown or St. Barnabas Hospitals? HUMC has a much worse mortality rate for coronary arterty bypass surgery than many of the area hospitals including Valley and Englewood hospitals. Both Morristown and St. Barnabas also have better results. HUMC has been forced to shut down their Kidney transplant department because of a high mortality rate. St Barnabas is very successful in this surgery and performs more than any local hospital. The much more local and apparently more factually knowledgeable publication Inside NJ Hospitals has HUMC ranked the fourth best in New Jersey. Morristown and St Barnabas are the top two. These rankings were complied from information obtained from New Jersey doctors. One really has to wonder what went into the US News ranking system!!
William Mays July 26, 2012 at 10:55 PM
How much did Morristown and St. Barnabas pay you?
AMAMOM July 26, 2012 at 11:40 PM
You cannot compare HUMC and Valley due to the difference in volume of cardiac surgeries HUMC performs. HUMC also performs cutting edge technology on patients who without have no chance of survival. Additionally, HUMC is very generous taking in and caring for patients who would otherwise not be able to pay for services. I don't work for HUMC I have only observed the above in person as a patient.
Leaving July 27, 2012 at 11:28 AM
Having been to HUMC on many occasions during the past few months, I can tell you from personal experience that this hospital is a disgrace! They love to tout their rankings, but their actual care in both the emergency room and for admitted patients is mediocre at best. There appears to be no communication between departments, you have to wait HOURS to see a Dr. in the ER and the nurses on the floor are either completely inexperienced and rude or completely overworked. Don't believe the hype; stay away from this hospital!
Leaving July 27, 2012 at 11:31 AM
To AMAMOM, generosity has nothing to do with HUMC caring for patients without insurance. They receive federal funds for doing so, and guess who really pays? All of us who have medical insurance are paying for those without it; wake up!
Mike July 27, 2012 at 11:33 AM
WOW really, I was there last week in ER and they treated me like I was nothing. The floors were dirty and the doctor (if he was a doctor) had no memory at all. Never told me the cause of my problem, but I'm sure he will bill me not fairly. This hospital use to be great, but down hill it went. I would not rate it number 4 at all, maybe 11 would be better.
maryanne July 27, 2012 at 11:59 AM
HUMC spends lots on marketing....surely trying to cover up the disaster of their kidney transplant program. Sick children are very well cared for at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital....wonderful nurses and child life staff.
maryanne July 27, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Plus Dr. DeBruin and Dr,Cocovinis are top-notch in pediatric intensive care. We had a wonderful experience there even though I lost my little girl. She was treated like gold. They get it at St. Joe's.
Denise July 27, 2012 at 03:51 PM
I hate HUMC. My father died there and they were getting ready to send him home the next day!!!
Donna Colucci July 27, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Very sadly, my father died at HUMC too. My sister wanted him home but of course that was impossible. In fact my daughters' best friend died of cancer there too. However, does that make me HATE HUMC, of course not that is completely silly. My mother, on the other hand, was cured of her lymphoma there, yep, in the same cancer center that my father and our dear young friend died in. However, my son was put into remission at the pediatric kidney department headed by Dr. Lieberman, of HUMC, after 8 LONG years of a devastating kidney disease. He was a patient at St. Barnabas for the first 7 years of his disease, and to tell you the truth they nearly killed him. Since then, I have sat on the HUMC Pediatric Advisory Board for over 6 years and I help, along with 20 or so caregivers, and give my input on different ideas that the hosp. puts in place. When you fill out the survey after your stay or what not, you all should check the box to be considered to sit on a patient board (Adult or Pediatric) to discuss your horrid/good experiences so they may HEAR you and your differences that you have with the hospital and perhaps you too can help make changes within the hosp. to continue to make it number one.
Donna Colucci July 27, 2012 at 05:09 PM
BTW I am NOT paid in any way from HUMC. It is strictly a volunteer position.
sparky July 28, 2012 at 02:17 AM
HUMC is the best. Period. The haters are idiots
Leaving July 28, 2012 at 02:47 AM
That's a constructive comment, sparky.
Denise July 28, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Donna-Dad was still connected to all the machines & wires....I think someone was sleeping at the switch. He had a heart attack, they "say" they brought him back....put him on a respirator & it was my job between Christmas & New Years 98 to take him off. He had always said he never wanted to be hooked up to anything. If he had come out of the hospital, he may have had the heart attack at home, then I would have had 2 people die at home since my fiance died from a massive heart attack at my house. I still say to this day, someone wasn't doing their job at HUMC. The timing for me is not right, but I would rather help Englewood Hospital......
Michelle July 29, 2012 at 03:55 AM
You're a great mommy Donna, and a wonderful person...

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