May 31, 2024 Two RWJBarnabas Health Facilities Nationally Recognized as Best Maternity Care Hospitals by Newsweek

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Monmouth Medical Center has been recognized for a third consecutive year as a Newsweek Best Maternity Care Hospital.

West Orange, NJ, May 31, 2023 - Two RWJBarnabas Health facilities, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center (CBMC) in Livingston and Monmouth Medical Center (MMC) in Long Branch, were named to Newsweek’s 2024 list of Best Maternity Care Hospitals. This prestigious award is presented by Newsweek and Statista Inc. The awards list can currently be viewed on Newsweek’s website.

Newsweek and Statista developed a complex methodology to ensure the quality and validity of the ranking. Three data sources were used for the evaluation:

  • A nationwide online survey of hospital administrators and health care professionals with knowledge about maternity processes, including obstetricians and gynecologists, midwives, maternal fetal medicine physicians and neonatologists.
  • Hospital quality metrics, with a focus on indicators relevant to maternity care.
  • Results from patient satisfaction surveys.

“Receiving this prestigious designation for Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center is a testament to the teams’ dedication to patient-centered care,” said Suzanne Spernal, DNP, APN-BC, RNC-OB, CBC, Senior Vice President, Women’s Health at RWJBarnabas Health. “RWJBarnabas Health is committed to providing safe, respectful and consistently excellent care for every mother who entrusts us with the delivery of their babies.”

Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center’s Obstetrical Service is one of the largest in Northern New Jersey, delivering more than 6,400 babies annually, and is a Level III Regional Perinatal Center. As a high-risk obstetrical referral service, the department offers all the services necessary for the care of both mother and baby, and CBMC’s comprehensive Pediatrics Department includes a state-of-the-art Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for babies requiring intensive care due to prematurity or other complications requiring medical or surgical procedures.

Monmouth Medical Center is one of New Jersey’s busiest birthing hospitals, with more than 6,700 babies delivered in 2023, more than all other regional hospitals combined. MMC has been a Level III Regional Perinatal Center since the designation was initiated more than 40 years ago and has built one of the safest obstetrical and gynecological services in the nation.

In 2022, both CBMC and MMC were among the first three hospitals in the state chosen to launch TeamBirth, an evidence-based, national model for enhanced provider and patient communication during the birthing process. This initiative is led by the New Jersey Department of Health and the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute in partnership with Ariadne Labs. Also in 2022 and 2023, the RWJBarnabas Health Maternal Health programs received 26 awards from Healthgrades, the highest number of awards in the state for excellence in comprehensive women’s care. Additionally, four RWJBarnabas Health facilities were named to U.S. News & World Report’s 2023-24 Best Hospitals for Maternity Care. The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization that aims to help consumers make informed decisions about their health, also named three RWJBarnabas Health facilities to its list of the Best Hospitals for Maternity Care, among just 259 hospitals nationally to receive the award.

About RWJBarnabas Health

RWJBarnabas Health is the largest, most comprehensive academic health care system in New Jersey, with a service area covering eight counties with five million people. The system includes twelve acute care hospitals – Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Community Medical Center in Toms River, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, 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, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset in Somerville, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton in Hamilton, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway in Rahway and Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, three acute care children’s hospitals, Children’s Specialized Hospital with a network of outpatient pediatric rehabilitation 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, affiliated medical groups, multi-site imaging centers and two accountable care organizations.

RWJBarnabas Health is among New Jersey’s largest private employers – with more than 38,000 employees and 9,000 physicians– and routinely captures national awards for outstanding quality and safety. RWJBarnabas Health launched an affiliation with Rutgers University to create New Jersey’s largest academic health care system. The collaboration aligns 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.


Elizabeth Brennan