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Hackensack University Health Network Hospitals Among the Highest-Ranked in the 2013 Consumer Reports’ Surgery Ratings

August 2, 2013 11:27 AM

Hackensack University Health Network is proud to announce that two of its hospitals—HackensackUMC (Hackensack, NJ) and HackensackUMC Mountainside (Montclair, NJ)—are among the top four highest-ranked New Jersey hospitals in the inaugural Consumer Reports’ Surgery Ratings. More than 2,400 hospitals across the country were analyzed, and only four of the 59 New Jersey hospitals received a positive “better” rating.

“Hackensack University Health Network is proud of the exceptional care for which our hospitals are known,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of Hackensack University Health Network. “Now more than ever, patients are empowering themselves through research and guidance from consumer ratings agencies. These surgery ratings, from a reputable agency such as Consumer Reports, truly reflect the high level clinical excellence performed at both HackensackUMC and HackensackUMC Mountainside. Since acquiring Mountainside Hospital in 2012, we have worked together to elevate the level of care provided at both hospitals, sharing resources and best practices.”

The Consumer Reports Surgery Ratings rated hospitals based on patient outcomes during and after surgery. Twenty-seven surgical categories were analyzed through Medicare billing claims from 2009 to 2011. Consumer Reports looked at mortality rates, length of stay and complications to determine its rankings. The complete report will be in the September issue of Consumer Reports and online at

“This independent affirmation of the quality of our surgical program underscores that our community hospital is delivering on its goal of providing world class care in a convenient, suburban setting,” said John Fromhold, CEO of HackensackUMC Mountainside. “This recognition positions our hospital, our very talented, dedicated surgeons and surgical support staff among the best in the entire state.”

“I would like to thank Drs. Donald A. McCain and Massimo Napolitano, acting co-chairmen of the Department of Surgery at HackensackUMC, and the entire Department of Surgery for their exceptional work and commitment to providing exceptional surgical care to our patients.”

The Department of Surgery at HackensackUMC consists of 41 board-certified members, representing all the specialties in surgery. It maintains the highest general surgery caseload in New Jersey, and includes specialties such as: Comprehensive Minimally Invasive Surgery program with a Robotic Training Center, Advanced Wound Management, Bariatric Surgery, Breast Surgery, Cardiothoracic, Colorectal Surgery, General Surgery, Oncologic Surgery, Organ Transplantation, Pediatric Surgery, Trauma/Surgical Critical Care, and Vascular Surgery.

The surgical team at HackensackUMC Mountainside encompasses distinguished physicians and dedicated nurses who are trained and experienced in the use of the most current techniques including robotic surgery and minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures.  The surgical facilities include da Vinci robotic technology, a state- of-the-art navigation system for MRI guided procedures and advanced, high definition video technology.


About Hackensack University Health Network

Hackensack University Health Network is the New Jersey based parent company of HackensackUMC, the HackensackUMC Foundation, Hackensack University Medical Groups, and corporate joint venture partners with LHP Hospital Group (Dallas, TX) in ownership of two hospitals: HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley and HackensackUMC Mountainside. With nearly 10,000 employees and 2,200 credentialed medical staff members at hospitals within the Network, Hackensack University Health Network is the largest healthcare system in northern New Jersey.


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. It is the flagship hospital of the 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. HackensackUMC is among Healthgrades® America’s Best 100 Hospitals in 10 different areas – more than any other hospital in the nation, is one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ for seven years in a row, and received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 11 years in a row. The medical center has also been named a Leapfrog Top Hospital, and received 19 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. 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:   


About HackensackUMC Mountainside

As a part of the Hackensack University Health Network, HackensackUMC Mountainside is quickly becoming the hospital of choice for the Essex and Passaic County region. Patient focused, community oriented, conveniently located and equipped with technology that rivals the nation’s most prestigious healthcare systems, HackensackUMC Mountainside offers a comprehensive and growing array of services delivered by caring and highly skilled medical professionals.  HackensackUMC Mountainside has been serving Montclair and its surrounding New Jersey communities since 1891.  HackensackUMC Mountainside is located in Montclair, N.J.




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