Aug 29, 2023 Monmouth Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus Recognized Among Becker’s 2023’s ‘153 Great Community Hospitals’

Long Branch, NJ, August 29, 2023 – Monmouth Medical Center (MMC) and Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus (MMCSC) have been recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review’s “153 Great Community Hospitals" for 2023. The community hospitals included on this prestigious list announced on July 28th are lauded for their clinical excellence, compassionate care, and economic impact on their communities.

Becker's Hospital Review is a medical industry trade magazine that does its own research, supplementing this with government-released data and U.S. News & World Report rankings. According to the information shared along with this latest listing, community hospitals are vital pieces of the overall health care system, expanding care access to patients who might otherwise need to travel great distances or face other barriers to care.


President and CEO Eric Carney, standing second from left, gathers with hospital leadership and staff.

“I am so very proud that both Monmouth Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus have been included on this best-of the best listing by a leading source of cutting-edge health care industry information,” said MMC and MMCSC President & CEO Eric Carney. “And it comes on the heels of both hospitals achieving A ratings in the Spring 2023 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. These national recognitions are a testament to the commitment of our hospital teams in Long Branch and Lakewood to providing the highest quality of safe care for patients.”

MMC, the oldest hospital in Monmouth and Ocean counties, serves as a regional medical campus of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. With 514 licensed beds, MMC annually provides care to nearly 23,000 inpatients, over 195,000 outpatients and handles more than 45,000 emergency department visits. The Leon Hess Cancer Center is the only facility in the area designated as an Academic Comprehensive Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, and the Jacqueline M. Wilentz Comprehensive Breast Center is certified as a Breast Center of Excellence. The Unterberg Children’s Hospital offers comprehensive care for children, housing the first Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in New Jersey.

The 241-bed MMCSC is the only hospital in the region with private rooms on all inpatient units, providing an environment for healing. MMCSC has a specialized geriatrics unit that offers both inpatient and outpatient services to those 65 years and older. Additionally, the hospital provides new technology to evaluate patients with chest pain, an onsite comprehensive breast center, an infusion center for oncology patients, and a psychiatric emergency screening site.

MMC and MMCSC were recognized among 11 New Jersey hospitals, including two other RWJBarnabas Health hospitals: Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Somerset. The complete list of Great Community Hospitals can be found on Becker’s website here.

Contact: Carrie Cristello

Dr. Philip G. Passes, Chief Administrative Officer, Monmouth Medical Center & Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus, standing far right, gathers with hospital team members to celebrate the Becker’s Hospital Review’s ‘Top 153 Great Community Hospital’s’ recognition.