SOMERVILLE, NJ - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital was ranked as one of America's Best Hospitals for 2014-2015 by U.S. News & World Report, according to a release from the hospital.

The report, the release said, has for the past 25 years recognized hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.

According to the release, the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Cancer Program ranks No. 50 on the list.

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"Earning a place on this prestigious list is the direct result of strong partnerships and the spirit of teamwork that exists among our faculty and community physicians, nurses, allied health professionals and employees," Stephen Jones, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, said in the release. "We are fortunate to work closely with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and now our team at RWJ Somerset's Steeplechase Cancer Center to bring residents of our state and region the finest cancer care, research and advanced clinical trials available anywhere in the United States."

Jones said in the release that he is looking forward to increasing access to world class cancer services through the merger of the hospital and the Somerset Medical Center, which created a 965-bed hospital with campuses in Somerville and New Brunswick following the merger in June.

"Both Somerset Medical Center and Robert Wood Johnson have enjoyed a proven relationship with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey," Jones said in the release. "The merger allows us to build upon these partnerships while bringing together the best of the Cancer Institute and the Steeplechase Cancer Center."

In addition, the release said, U.S. News recognizes hospitals that perform nearly at the level of their nationally ranked peers. RWJUH was listed as high performing in 10 specialties, namely, cardiology and heart surgery; diabetes and endocrinology; gastroenterology and GI surgery; geriatrics; gynecology; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopedics; and pulmonology and urology.

The report, the release said, is published to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they are facing difficult surgery, a challenging condition or extra risk because of age or health problems.