Jan 31, 2024 Robert Wood Johnson University Achieves Accreditation From the Surgical Review Corporation as a Center of Excellence in Hernia Surgery

Center of Excellence Hernia Surgery badge(New Brunswick, NJ- January 31, 2024) - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH), an RWJBarnabas Health facility, recently achieved accreditation from the Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) as a Center of Excellence in hernia surgery. This accreditation recognizes RWJUH's commitment and high standard of delivery of quality patient care and safety.

Status as an accredited Center of Excellence in hernia surgery means that RWJUH has met nationally and internationally recognized standards.

“Achieving this prestigious designation demonstrates our commitment to quality and providing exceptional surgical services that ensure the best outcomes for our patients,” said Arlex Matulac, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Vice President of Perioperative Services for RWJUH. “We are proud of our surgical team’s skill and expertise and the breadth of options that we provide to address a wide range of hernias including highly complex cases.”

Health care facilities and surgeons seeking an SRC accreditation undergo an extensive assessment and inspection process to ensure the applicant meets SRC’s proven standards and requirements. These requirements include surgical volumes, facility equipment, clinical pathways and standardized operating procedures, an emphasis on patient education and continuous quality assessment. Inspectors educate staff in the accredited departments on best practices to help an organization improve its care and services.

RWJUH achieved accreditation following a rigorous review of its hernia surgery program based on the volume of cases it performed, complexity of cases it performed and its outcomes. RWJUH’s Perioperative Services Team performs a broad range of hernia surgeries using a variety of techniques including open, laparoscopic, robotic surgery. Procedures performed at RWJUH include:

  • Epigastric
  • Femoral (left/right)
  • Flank
  • Incisional
  • Inguinal (left/right; direct/indirect)
  • Lumbar
  • Umbilical
  • Stomal

“We’re proud to recognize RWJUH for its commitment to advancing and providing quality care for all patients,” said Gary M. Pratt, CEO of SRC. “This accreditation signals that this facility is among the best in this specialty and is dedicated to delivering the highest level of care possible.”

About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) New Brunswick, an RWJBarnabas Health Facility, is a 614-bed academic medical center that is New Jersey’s largest academic medical center through its deep partnership with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. RWJUH is the flagship Cancer Hospital of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, a nationally-ranked 2023-24 Best Children’s Hospital by U.S. News & World Report. Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation, cancer care, stroke care, neuroscience, orthopedics, bariatric surgery and women’s health. A Level 1 Trauma Center and the first designated Pediatric Trauma Center in the state, RWJUH’s New Brunswick campus serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness. Learn more at www.rwjbh.org/newbrunswick or www.bmsch.org

RWJUH has earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety, including the prestigious Magnet® Recognition for Nursing Excellence and being named to Newsweek’s 2023 list of Best Ambulatory Surgery Centers. The RWJUH Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center has been recognized by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association as meeting The Joint Commission's standards for Disease-Specific Care Comprehensive Stroke Center Advanced Certification. RWJUH has also earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification for Spine Surgery; The Joint Commission Gold Seal Certification for Bariatric Services; and The Joint Commission Gold Seal Certification for Hip and Knee Replacement services. The Joint Commission also awarded RWJUH a Gold Seal Certification as well as an Advanced Certification in Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) Implantation.

About Surgical Review Corporation

Established in 2003, Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) is an internationally recognized, nonprofit, patient safety organization dedicated to recognizing and refining surgical care. SRC accredits the top hospitals, surgeons and health professionals worldwide that meet our proven standards. Look for our seal, expect excellence. For more information, visit www.surgicalreview.org.

Contact: Peter Haigney
RWJUH Public Relations
(732) 937-8568