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RWJUH Ranked Among the State and Region's Best Hospitals by U.S. News and World Report

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) New Brunswick has been ranked among the region’s best hospitals by U.S.News & World Report in the publication’s 2017-18 ranking of the region and nation’s best hospitals. 

RWJUH is ranked third in New Jersey and eighth among all hospitals in the New Jersey- New York region. In addition, U.S. News designated RWJUH as “high performing,” in eight specialties which include Cancer, Gastroenterology and Gastrointestinal Surgery, Geriatrics, Nephrology, Neurology and  Neurosurgery, and Urology.

“Earning this prestigious designation is the direct result of strong partnerships and the spirit of teamwork that exists among all faculty and community physicians, our Magnet Award-winning nurses, allied health professionals and team members on our academic medical campus,” explains John J. Gantner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. “We are fortunate to work closely with our partners across RWJBarnabas Health, Rutgers University, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey to bring residents of our state and region the finest destination therapies, research and advanced clinical trials available anywhere in the United States.” 

Earlier this year, The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital (BMSCH) at RWJUH was ranked among the nation’s best children’ hospitals by U.S.News & World Report. It marked the 5th time that BMSCH achieved this status.

In their 28th year, the U.S. News Best Hospital rankings and ratings compare more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions.

The U.S. News methodologies in most areas of care are based largely on objective measures such as risk-adjusted survival and readmission rates, volume, patient experience, patient safety and quality of nursing, among other care-related indicators. Methodology updates made for 2017-18 included:

More data: Five years of Medicare data – covering more than 60 million hospitalizations – were used to calculate Procedures and Conditions ratings, as opposed to three years used in previous ratings.
Best Regional Hospitals: Procedures and conditions ratings, which rely entirely on objective data, were emphasized more than specialty rankings in determining state and metro rankings.
Socioeconomic status and transfer patients: Day in and day out, hospitals treat patients of varying income levels, ages and health challenges. U.S. News improved its measurements to avoid penalizing hospitals for treating low-income patients or for accepting high-risk cases transferred from other hospitals.
Volume: The number of patients treated, which reflects a hospital's level of experience, has long been an important quality indicator in U.S. News rankings. This year, U.S. News refined how it measures volume to improve comparability among hospitals.