NEWARK, NJ - Saint Michael’s Medical Center in Newark is one of only six hospitals in New Jersey to receive an overall five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in the federal agency’s latest hospital performance report released this week.

Newark's two other hospitals received one star in the CMS’s Overall Hospital Star Rating, an online rating system that provides patients with the important information they need to compare hospitals and make informed healthcare decisions.

CMS updated the ratings on Feb. 28.

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“The Hospital Compare website and Star Ratings System are valuable consumer tools that provide important information on the safety and quality of our nation’s hospitals,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma.

Saint Michael’s overall star rating rose to five stars from three in the previous report.

“I am extremely proud of the employees and medical staff at Saint Michael’s for all their hard work in making Saint Michael’s one of the highest rated hospitals in New Jersey,” said Robert Iannaccone, the CEO of Saint Michael’s. “Earning five stars on this report is a team effort that involves every department of the hospital.”

Newark's other two hospitals -- Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and University Hospital -- both received one star. Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville received a four-star rating as did Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston. East Orange General Hospital received a one-star rating and Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair received two stars.

Saint Michael’s is one of two hospitals in New Jersey owned by Prime Healthcare to earn a five-star rating. Saint Clare’s Hospital in Denville also earned five stars. Prime Healthcare is the only healthcare system in New Jersey with more than one five-star hospital. 

The other four hospitals in New Jersey that received a five-star rating were Atlanticare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City, Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Browns Mills, Morristown Medical Center and St. Lukes Warren Hospital in Phillipsburg.

Saint Michael’s was purchased out of bankruptcy by Prime Healthcare in May 2016. Since then, the hospital has turned the corner financially and significantly improved other measures of patient safety and quality, earning numerous accolades, the hospital said in a release.

In the fall, Saint Michael's was awarded an A in patient safety from the Leapfrog Group and was named by Healthgrades as a top 100 hospital in America for Cardiac Care.

“The five-star rating from CMS is another objective measure of the high quality of patient care available at Saint Michael’s,” said Dr. Claudia Komer, a chief medical officer at Saint Michael’s. “But we will not rest on our laurels. We work every day to improve the quality of care.”

First made available to patients in 2005, Hospital Compare is based on 100 rigorously tested quality measures at more than 4,000 Medicare-certified hospitals as well as Veterans Health Administration and Military Health System hospitals.

Hospitals In and Around Newark Ranked by Center for Medicare & Medicade Services Overall (CMS) Hospital Compare Rating

Hospital CMS Stars Parent City County
Saint Michael's Medical Center 5 Prime Healthcare Newark Essex
Clara Maass Medical Center 4 RWJ Barnabas Belleville Essex
Saint Barnabas Medical Center 4 RWJ Barnabas Livingston Essex
Overlook Medical Center 3 Atlantic Healthcare Summit Union
Mountainside Medical Center 2 Hackensack Meridian Health Montclair Essex
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center 1 RWJ Barnabas Newark Essex
East Orange General Hospital 1 Prospect Medical Holdings East Orange Essex
University Hospital 1 State Owned Newark Essex
Trinitas Regional Medical Center 1 Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth  Elizabeth Union