Awards and Distinctions

RWJBarnabas Health is recognized as a leading academic health care system, having received many recognitions, including:


US News

Several RWJBarnabas Health facilities received regional, state, and specialty recognition by U.S. News & World Report in its 2022-2023 “Best Hospitals” list. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick (RWJUH) was ranked in the Top 5 in NJ and a Top 20 Regional Best Hospital in the NY-Metro area and Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey received a High Performing rating for earning the highest score in NJ – one of only 92 cancer programs nationwide to achieve this.


In 2022, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center was named one of the World’s Best Hospitals and RWJUH New Brunswick was named a Best Maternity Care Hospital. In addition, Children’s Specialized Hospital has been recognized on Newsweek’s list of World’s Best Specialized Hospitals and RWJUH New Brunswick also received Newsweek America’s Best award for Ambulatory Surgery Centers in NJ in 2022.


In 2021, RWJBarnabas Health was named a “Best 50” organization by GHX (Global Healthcare Exchange) – for the third consecutive year, for its commitment to a supply chain strategy that removes waste, drives efficiencies and, as a result, raises the quality of patient care delivered.

Joint Commission

Numerous facilities received the Gold Seal of Approval by the Joint Commission for various programs including joint replacement; disease-specific certifications in acute coronary syndrome, cardiac rehabilitation, and heart failure; advanced certification in palliative care; bariatric surgery; and stroke program.


All RWJBarnabas Health facilities were named to CHIME Healthcare’s 2022 Most Wired – 11 of which were awarded certification Performance Excellence Levels of eight and above – for their use of information technology to better the patient experience.



In Spring 2022, two acute care facilities received an “A” grade including Monmouth Medical Center (MMC), the only facility in the region to achieve 15 consecutive “A” ratings. Seven facilities received “B” ratings. Additionally, MMC was named as a Best Hospital in America for teaching in July.


In August 2022, RWJBarnabas Health was granted accreditation for nursing continuing professional development from the ANCC for its commitment to using evidence-based criteria when developing high-quality educational activities that promote the professional growth of nurses.


Several practices within the Combined Medical Group of RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers Health received the National Committee for Quality Assurance Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition, which emphasizes the use of systematic, patient-centered, coordinated care that supports access, communication and patient involvement.

NJ Department of Health

In 2021, five RWJBarnabas Health facilities were awarded Gold recognition for their Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs from the New Jersey Department of Health; Monmouth Medical Center has received Gold since the establishment of the awards program in 2019.


Six RWJBarnabas Health facilities have achieved Magnet recognition for excellence in nursing; Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick received this recognition six consecutive times – making it one of only seven institutions globally to achieve this distinction.

Specialty Care


Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, together with RWJBarnabas Health, is New Jersey’s only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Care Center – recognized for its clinical and scientific research leadership.

American Heart Association, American Stroke Association

Six RWJBarnabas Health facilities received recognition for cardiac and stroke care, earning a spot on the 2022 Get With The Guidelines® and Mission Lifeline achievement awards list in the stroke, heart failure, and resuscitation categories, by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, for their commitment to ensuring stroke and heart failure patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, evidence-based guidelines – ultimately leading to lives saved, shorter recovery times, and fewer hospital readmissions.

LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Leader

In 2022, ten RWJBarnabas Health facilities were named “Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation – the educational arm of America's largest civil rights organization – recognizing healthcare institutions that are leaders in efforts to offer equitable care to LGBTQ+ patients by evaluating inclusive policies and practices related to LGBTQ patients, visitors and employees.



In 2021, RWJBarnabas Health was recognized by Forbes as America’s Best-In-State Employer for the second consecutive year.

CEO Cancer Gold

RWJBarnabas Health recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary as a CEO Cancer Gold Standard employer – an accreditation awarded by the CEO Roundtable on Cancer – for its dedication and commitment to maintaining a high standard of excellence in cancer prevention, early detection, and quality care for its employees and their families.

Other Awards and Distinctions

RWJBarnabas Health and its facilities received other awards and distinctions in the following categories:

For a list of the awards and recognitions at our facilities, please click on the corresponding links below: