• Let’s Beat Cancer


    As an award-winning team, we carry that special combination of state-of-the-art medical care and compassion.

  • You.

    New and improved.

    Our seasoned orthopedic surgeons can help diagnose the root cause of your discomfort.

  • Your heart doesn’t beat just for you.

    Get it checked.

    Keep your heart strong by scheduling a routine exam with one of our experienced cardiologists.

Welcome to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset

A recognized leader in patient safety and clinical quality

At RWJUH Somerset, we are continuously pushing ourselves to provide our patients with the best healthcare possible. We have been recognized for our outstanding quality and dedication to patient safety, earning the prestigious Magnet® Award for Nursing Excellence and an “A” Hospital Safety Score from the Leapfrog Group, but that has not stopped us from finding new ways to improve even further. Our Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular, cancer, stroke, and joint replacement care, among others.

From our Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval for joint replacement to our officially designated Comprehensive Community Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer, RWJUH Somerset is proud to offer a wide array of high quality medical services.

Part of New Jersey’s largest healthcare system

Our hospital is part of the RWJBarnabas Health network, the largest healthcare system in New Jersey. We have access to medical specialists and technology throughout the state, adding to our already expansive list of medical services. RWJBarnabas Health treats over 3 million patients a year and is the state’s most comprehensive healthcare delivery system. Backed by this prestigious healthcare network, our team at RWJUH Somerset is prepared to address all of your family’s medical needs.

Specialty Services

  • Let’s Beat Cancer Together.

    Our multidisciplinary team of oncologists, nurses, and other healthcare specialists are here to offer you and your family the care and attention you deserve.

  • You. New and improved.

    Whether you are suffering from hip or knee pain, recovering from a surgery, or are looking to speak with an experienced orthopedic surgeon, our team is here ready to assist you.

  • Your heart doesn’t beat just for you. Get it checked.

    Our award-winning Heart Center has gained national recognition for our comprehensive services and state-of-the-art equipment.

  • New Jersey Weight Loss Surgery

    If you or a loved one is considering a weight loss procedure, we suggest you look into our weight loss surgery options.

  • All for one baby. Yours.

    Make sure you and your baby have the best possible care by learning more about our maternity services.

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    A week after her hip replacement surgery, Cheryl McCollum was already back behind the wheel. Less than two weeks later, Cheryl was able to walk without the use of a cane or walker. This entire process was amazing to Cheryl because a month ago, she could barely walk. Thanks to the support and dedication of the staff at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, Cheryl is thankful to be walking again. At RWJBarnabas Health, we understand that solutions for orthopedic pain don’t always start with surgery. That’s why our orthopedic centers offer a full range of care.
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    Suffering from rheumatoid arthritis in her hips, Linda Kelly spent years walking in pain, crawling up and down stairs and relying on a wheelchair, walker or cane to get around. But after double hip replacement surgery at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset in April 2015, the Jersey City woman is now walking pain-free and is able to enjoy walks in the park and attend outdoor craft fairs and festivals for the first time in years. “It’s because of Robert Wood Johnson that I have a quality of life,” she says. Ms. Kelly chose to come to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset ...
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    Severe menstrual discomfort plagued 42-year-old Edison resident Leigh Bello-de Castro, PhD, since she was a teen, and it did not dissipate through the years. Her gynecologist, Marlan Schwartz, MD, chair of the OB/GYN department at Somerset Medical Center, initially tried conservative treatments including ablation, a procedure that destroys the lining of the uterus — but the bleeding and pain eventually returned. In December 2011, when Bello-de Castro finally couldn’t take the pain anymore, Dr. Schwartz suggested a hysterectomy to treat her condition and end her suffering. Doing Her Research ...
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    When Irene Blackburn began to lose strength in her muscles and started to feel off-balance, she just accepted it as the normal progression of Parkinson’s disease. “My balance was so bad, I thought I would end up needing to use a wheelchair. I felt like I was tipsy because I would lean to the right side,” said Mrs. Blackburn, 67, of Manville, who was diagnosed two years ago with Parkinson’s disease. The neurodegenerative brain disorder causes the brain to stop producing dopamine, a neurotransmitter, which results in loss of control of body movements. Falling was a constant fear for Mrs. ...
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    Many people live with joint pain. But when the pain starts affecting your quality of life, it may be time to explore treatment options. That’s what Pat Stone-Bailey did. Stone-Bailey, 60, of Somerset, suffered with knee pain for years before attending a community outreach seminar about Somerset Medical Center’s joint program. She’d managed her pain from osteoarthritis with medication and injections, but walking and sleeping had become difficult. Somerset Medical Center offers community outreach seminars three times a year to educate future patients about elective total knee or total hip ...
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    This was no ordinary headache. This was a headache so severe that it woke Kelli Geoghegan, 51, of Hillsborough, out of a sound sleep one morning in March. Although she had been experiencing headaches for several weeks, this pain was so unbearable that Geoghegan called her primary care provider, who advised her to head to Somerset Medical Center’s Emergency Department. There, the emergency team worked to pinpoint the origin of Geoghegan’s grinding pain, using technology including a CT scan of her brain. When the imaging tests proved inconclusive, she was transferred to the Edward and Anita ...
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    Arthur Ritchie was healthy for most of his 75 years. But then last fall, he developed shortness of breath and it scared him. “I would take a few steps and gasp for air, stop and rest, take a few more steps and have to gasp for air again,” Ritchie says. His struggle to breathe led him to Somerset Medical Center, where cardiologist Shivang Trivedi, MD, admitted him to the hospital immediately. “His heart was in bad shape and we diagnosed him with several cardiac conditions, including atrial fibrillation — which is an irregular heartbeat — heart failure and cardiomyopathy, which all contributed ...
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    When Jennifer Dailey was diagnosed with breast cancer last summer at age 38, she had a husband and young children at home. She was about to begin a difficult year of treatment. With the support of family, friends and the cancer care services at Somerset Medical Center’s Steeplechase Cancer Center, she’s now in remission and moving on with her life. A few days after her diagnosis, Dailey learned the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes. Six rounds of chemotherapy helped shrink the tumor before surgery. Chemotherapy was made even more difficult, because she required hospitalization for an ...
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    Ken Schaefer of Manville felt like a 49-year-old man in a 70-year-old body. At more than 300 pounds, the foreman for the Branchburg Township Public Works could barely squeeze into size 3X shirts, struggled to climb the bleachers at his children’s sporting events and was exhausted from a lifetime of gaining, losing and regaining weight. He needed medication for high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and his doctor had warned him that he was at high risk for developing diabetes, the very disease that killed his father at age 52. Schaefer decided it was time to make a major change in his life. ...
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    When Christopher Johnson, 34, was diagnosed with testicular cancer in February 2012, he began a journey that would test his limits and inspire his creativity. For this music teacher and composer from Raritan, cancer was the furthest thing from his mind. He was busy teaching music in the New Brunswick Public School District, directing a jazz band and composing music. Testicular cancer caught him by surprise, though it is the most common cancer in men ages 20 to 35. Symptoms include a lump or swelling in the testicles and pain in the abdomen or groin. With early detection and treatment, it has a ...
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Patient Stories

  • At RWJBarnabas Health, we understand that solutions for orthopedic pain don’t always start with surgery. That’s why our orthopedic centers offer a full range of care.

  • RWJ Somerset Joint Surgery “I am so thankful to everyone. I will be forever grateful.”

  • “I was back to Zumba class within a few weeks, and I am a new woman now! This surgery was the best decision I ever made, and I thank Dr. Schwartz every time I see him,” says Bello-de Castro. “My advice to any woman who needs a hysterectomy is to definitely consider having it done robotically.”

  • “I carry myself much better without any fear of falling.”

  • “Every person who had anything to do with recovery was up there and willing to answer my questions.”

  • “They didn’t stop until they found the exact therapy to finally relieve my pain and now I’m back to my old self again.”

  • The cardiac team, especially the wonderful nurses, kept assuring me that I was going to be OK and they were right,” he says. “I really had a wonderful experience at Somerset Medical Center

  • “The worst is behind me. Everyone at Somerset Medical Center has been so wonderful and made a difference in my life. I’m just trying to live my life and look forward.”

  • “Composing this symphony became my support group,” says Johnson. “It was my way of dealing with the situation and diffusing my negative feelings.”

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At RWJUHS, we are committed to raising the health status of our communities through a blend of outstanding acute care services, prevention and education designed to help individuals take charge of their health. In today’s healthcare environment, it’s not enough to simply treat individuals when they are sick. It’s equally important to promote prevention, health and wellness in our communities so individuals can lead more healthy and active lives

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