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Hackensack University Medical Center Named Among the Top Five Percent of U.S. Hospitals – 10 Years in a Row

January 24, 2012 08:33 AM


Hackensack University Medical Center is proud to announce that it has been named a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence™ by HealthGrades, the nation’s leading independent healthcare ratings organization. This is the tenth year in a row that HackensackUMC has received this honor and is the only hospital in New Jersey and the New York metropolitan area to do so. This prestigious distinction places HackensackUMC among the top five percent of hospitals nationwide based on clinical performance.

            “We are very proud of our entire team of physicians, nurses and staff in achieving this level of outstanding patient care,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of HackensackUMC. “Being considered a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence is not just a source of pride for our staff, but is also a clear distinction that sets us apart from other medical centers in the region. Patients can feel confident in the care they will receive here.”

            HealthGrades Hospital Quality and Clinical Excellencestudy identifies those hospitals with the best overall clinical performance across 26 medical diagnoses and procedures that the organization rates. These 263 top-performing hospitals represent only five percent of the nation’s hospitals and each is designated as a HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence™.

            HealthGrades evaluates hospitals solely on clinical outcomes: risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications. HealthGrades analysis is based on approximately 40 million Medicare discharges for the years 2008, 2009 and 2010. Using these top-performing hospitals as a benchmark in this year’s HealthGrades study, HealthGrades then quantifies the impact of differences in hospital quality in terms of lives lost and unexpected complications.

            “It is truly an honor to once again receive this distinction from HealthGrades,” said Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., executive vice president and chief medical officer of HackensackUMC. “Since this designation as a distinguished hospital is the result of clinical outcomes, it is a true testament to the type of extraordinary care that we strive to provide our patients with every day.”

About Hackensack University Medical Center
Hackensack University Medical Center is a 775-bed not-for-profit, tertiary care, teaching and research hospital and provides the largest number of admissions in New Jersey. Founded in 1888 with 12 beds and as Bergen County's first hospital, Hackensack University Medical Center has demonstrated more than a century of growth and progress. Hackensack University Medical Center is a nationally recognized healthcare organization offering patients the most comprehensive services, state-of-the-art technologies, and facilities. Honors include being named one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals by HealthGrades® for five years in a row. Hackensack University Medical Center is the only hospital in New Jersey, New York, and New England to receive this honor for five consecutive years. Hackensack University Medical Center was also named one of the 50 Best Hospitals in America by Becker's Hospital Review. U.S. News & World Report ranked Hackensack University Medical Center eighth in the New York Metro Area in its first-ever Best Hospitals metro area rankings, giving it the top ranking out of all the New Jersey hospitals listed. Additionally, Hackensack University Medical Center has been ranked in geriatrics, heart and heart surgery, and cancer in U.S. News & World Report's 2011-12 Best Hospitals. The U.S. News Media Group also named the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital to its “2011-12 Best Children’s Hospitals” list – ranking as one of the top 50 in the specialty of neurology and neurosurgery – the first hospital in the State of New Jersey ever to be ranked in a Best Children’s Hospitals specialty. Hackensack University Medical Center is a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence, first in New Jersey, second in the nation, receiving its fourth designation in April 2009. Hackensack University Medical Center is the hometown hospital of the New York Giants and the New Jersey Nets.

HealthGrades Hospital Quality Distinctions

As part of this study, HealthGrades evaluates each of the nation’s 5,000 nonfederal hospitals in 26 procedures and diagnoses, allowing individuals to compare their local hospitals online at HealthGrades hospital quality distinctions are independently created; no hospital can opt-in or opt-out of being evaluated, and no hospital pays to be evaluated. Mortality and complication rates are risk adjusted, which takes into account differing levels of severity of patient illness at different hospitals and allows for hospitals to be compared equally.

About HealthGrades

HealthGrades, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, is a leading provider of comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. More than 200 million consumers use the HealthGrades websites, including HealthGrades.comand, to research, select, and connect with a physician or hospital, and use its comprehensive information about clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction, patient safety, and health conditions to make more informed healthcare decisions and take action. Find more information about our products and services at Follow us on Twitter (@HealthGrades) and Facebookfor news and updates. More information on how HealthGrades guides Americans to their best health can be found at



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