RWJBarnabas Health Named to Forbes’ 2021 List of America’s Best-In-State Employers

West Orange, NJ, August 24, 2021 –For the second consecutive year,RWJBarnabas Health has been recognized by Forbes as an America’s Best-In-State Employer. This prestigious award is presented by Forbes and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider. The annual awards list was announced recently and can currently be viewed on the Forbes website.

Forbes and Statista selected America’s Best-in-State Employers based on an independent survey of approximately 80,000 U.S. employees across 25 industry sectors. The surveys were administered using a series of online panels and provide a representative sample of the U.S. workforce. Direct and indirect employee recommendations were evaluated across the healthcare industry.

The study assessed every aspect of an employee’s experience such as working conditions, salary, potential for growth, and diversity. Out of thousands of eligible companies, only a select few are awarded in each state.

“It’s an incredible accolade to be recognized by Forbes once again and to be named as an America’s Best-In-State Employer 2021,” said Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer of RWJBarnabas Health. “As New Jersey’s largest private employer – with more than 35,000 employees, 9,000 physicians and 1,000 residents and interns, inclusion on the list for the second consecutive year is confirmation of our commitment to providing a supportive and inclusive working environment for all our employees, especially throughout the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. I continue to be proud of and grateful to every employee for their dedication to providing quality, compassionate care, during these difficult times. Through their heroic efforts we continue to advance our mission of addressing both the clinical and social determinants of health to create and sustain healthy communities throughout New Jersey.”


RWJBarnabas Health is the largest, most comprehensive academic 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 in 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 with a network of 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 an accountable care organization.

RWJBarnabas Health is New Jersey’s largest private employer – with more than 35,000 employees, 9,000 physicians and 1,000 residents and interns – and routinely captures national awards for outstanding quality and safety. 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 - the state's only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center - and Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care.

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