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Four RWJBarnabas Health Facilities Recognized as 2018 Top Hospitals by the Leapfrog Group

West Orange, NJ, December 4, 2018 –Four RWJBarnabas Health facilities have been recognized as Top Hospitals in 2018 by The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog organization. Monmouth Medical Center, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Somerset were recognized as Top Teaching Hospitals while Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Hamilton was recognized as a Top General Hospital. Widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors an American hospital can receive, the recognition underscores RWJBarnabas Health’s commitment to patient safety and quality.

“We are deeply committed to achieving the highest levels of quality in both care and education throughout the RWJBarnabas Health system,” said John F. Bonamo, M.D., MS, FACOG, FACPE, Executive Vice President, Chief Medical & Quality Officer, RWJBarnabas Health. “We are pleased to have four of our facilities honored with the distinction of Top Hospital by the Leapfrog Group. This award is a testament to the work of a very talented and dedicated team of RWJBarnabas Health professionals.”

Among thousands of hospitals in the country, Monmouth Medical Center, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and RWJUH Somerset are three of only 53 Top Teaching Hospitals recognized nationally and RWJUH Hamilton is one of only 35 Top General Hospitals recognized. The Top Hospital Awards come following each of the hospitals’ “A” Hospital Safety Grade, also from the Leapfrog Group.

Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, maternity care, and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication errors. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.

To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must submit a Leapfrog Hospital Survey. The selection of Top Hospitals 2018 is based on surveys from nearly 1,900 hospitals. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2018 Top Hospitals, visit

RWJBarnabas Health is the largest, most comprehensive health care system in New Jersey, with a service area covering nine counties with five million people. The system includes eleven acute care hospitals – Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Community Medical Center in Toms River, Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, RWJUH New Brunswick, RWJUH Somerset in Somerville, RWJUH Hamilton, RWJUH Rahway and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston; three acute care children’s hospitals and a leading pediatric rehabilitation hospital (Children’s Specialized Hospital) with its multiple outpatient centers, a freestanding 100-bed behavioral health center, two trauma centers, a satellite emergency department, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state’s largest behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, fitness and wellness centers, retail pharmacy services, a medical group, multi-site imaging centers and two accountable care organizations. RWJBarnabas Health is New Jersey’s largest private employer – with more than 33,000 employees, 9,000 physicians and 1,000 residents and interns.

RWJBarnabas Health recently announced a partnership with Rutgers University to create New Jersey’s largest academic health care system. The collaboration will align RWJBarnabas Health with Rutgers’ education, research and clinical activities, including those at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care. The alliance will result in a multi-specialty group that will be one of the largest medical groups in the country.

About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

Contact: Carrie Cristello