RWJUH SOMERSET RECEIVES 5-Star Rating for Pacemaker Implantation

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, earned a 5-star rating for Pacemaker Procedure outcomes according to new research released by Healthgrades, the leading resource connecting consumers, physicians and health systems.

“Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset’s cardiac catheterization laboratory performs a high volume of procedures each year, including cardiac pacemaker implants. That experience, combined with the expertise of our cardiologists, nurses and technicians, offers the best outcomes for our patients,” said Tony Cava, President and Chief Executive Officer, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset. “Healthgrades’ 5-star rating affirms our commitment to excellence and assures our community that state-of-the-art cardiac care is right here when they need it.”

Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 31 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.*

Healthgrades’ analysis shows that patients treated at hospitals receiving a 5-star rating have a lower risk of mortality and a lower risk of experiencing complications during a hospital stay than if they were treated at hospitals receiving a 1-star rating for that procedure or condition.

“Consumers can feel confident that hospitals receiving a Healthgrades 5-star rating have demonstrated exceptional outcomes, and confident in their ability to provide quality care,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Head of Data Science at Healthgrades.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset recently renovated one of its three cardiac catheterization labs. The new lab features the Azurion with FlexArm image guided therapy system from Philips Healthcare, which delivers high quality imaging with low X-ray dose levels.

The recent upgrades are resulting in shorter preparation and procedure times for patients.

In addition to pacemaker implants, procedures performed in the hospital’s cardiac catheterization laboratory include emergency and elective coronary angioplasty and cardiac catheterizations.

The hospital’s cardiology services comprise a full range of diagnostic services, including electrocardiograms, cardiac holter monitoring, stress tests, cardiac ultrasound testing, transesophageal echocardiogram, pediatric diagnostic services and tilt table testing. A three-phase cardiac rehabilitation program is offered in Hillsborough for patients who have recently suffered a heart attack or who are recovering from an angioplasty, cardiac surgery or heart transplant.

The hospital also recently renovated its 2-West and 2-East Cardiology Pavilions, which feature private rooms with “smart beds” and the latest wireless telemetry system.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset is one of only two hospitals in New Jersey to receive the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its acute myocardial infarction program (care of heart attack patients) and has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as “high performing” in the care of congestive heart failure patients.

For more information about Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset’s cardiology program, visit www.rwjbh.org/heart. For a physician referral, call 888-724-7123.

About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset

Located in Somerville, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Somerset, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, is a nationally accredited, 353-bed regional hospital providing comprehensive emergency, medical/surgical, behavioral health and rehabilitative services to central New Jersey residents. As a designated teaching hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the hospital maintains a family medicine residency program with 21 residents.

RWJUH Somerset has earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety including the prestigious Magnet® Award for Nursing Excellence and designation as a “Top Teaching Hospital” by the Leapfrog Group. As the first hospital in New Jersey to offer primary health care services for the LGBTQIA community, RWJUH Somerset has been honored as a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign.

The Steeplechase Cancer Center at RWJUH Somerset has been designated as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer. RWJBarnabas Health and RWJUH Somerset in partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey - the state's only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center - bring a world class team of researchers and specialists to fight alongside you, providing close-to-home access to the latest treatment and clinical trials.

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* Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2018 through 2020 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only. For appendectomy and bariatric surgery, Healthgrades used inpatient data from 16 states that provide all-payer data for years 2017 through 2019. Due to the highly variable impact of the pandemic on hospital outcomes, Healthgrades made the decision to exclude cases with a COVID-19 diagnosis from the 2020 data in order to preserve the statistical integrity of our models and fairly evaluate clinical outcomes at all hospitals. To view the complete methodology, please visit: https://www.healthgrades.com/quality/ratings-awards/methodology