HACKENSACK – Two local hospitals rank as among the best in the nation, according to a new analysis by Newsweek.

In the magazine’s first-ever “World’s Best Hospitals” list, Hackensack University Medical Center and The Valley Hospital were both named as top facilities for 2019.

Altogether, one thousand hospitals – including more than 200 from the U.S. - were selected for the list. Rankings and methodology can be found here: https://www.newsweek.com/best-hospitals-2019

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Within New Jersey, five hospitals ranked. 

Morristown Medical Center came in at 28, followed by Hackensack University Medical Center (53), Overlook Medical Center (98), The Valley Hospital (104) and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (147).

Partnering with Statista Inc., a market research firm, the magazine surveyed thousands of medical professionals to come up with the “Best Hospitals” list. 

According to Newsweek, the ranking is based on responses to an online survey sent to nearly 40,000 doctors, hospital administrators and health care professionals in 11 countries, patient survey results and publicly available hospital performance data. The countries included in the list (U.S., Canada, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Switzerland, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Australia and Israel) were chosen based on standard of living, life expectancy, population size, number of hospitals and data availability, the magazine said.

The ranking also notes the areas in which the hospitals are recognized.

Valley’s recognized programs include: anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine, cardiology, gastroenterology, general and visceral surgery, memory care, radiation oncology, pediatrics, radiology and orthopedics.

Audrey Meyers, President and CEO of The Valley Hospital and Valley Health System, said, "We are honored to be considered among the best hospitals in the world."

"Valley is committed to providing high-quality care and service to our patients and their families through our specialized programs and distinctive technologies, as well as through our partnerships with Cleveland Clinic’s Heart & Vascular Institute and Mount Sinai Health System. This recognition is a testament to the innovative work of our doctors, nurses and staff in delivering an exceptional patient experience," Meyers said.

HUMC’s noteworthy areas include: anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine, cardiology, child and adolescent psychiatry, dermatology, gastroenterology, general and visceral surgery, gynecology and obstetrics, neurology/neurosurgery, palliative care, pediatrics, plastic surgery, psychiatry, pulmonology, radiation oncology, radiology, traumatology and urology.

"Hackensack University Medical Center is honored to be named a Top 100 Hospital in the United States by Newsweek," said Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D. regional president, Northern Market, Hackensack Meridian Health. "As the flagship hospital of Hackensack Meridian Health, Hackensack University Medical Center sets the standard of health care in New Jersey. With care and compassion for patients coupled with comprehensive specialties, Hackensack serves as a destination in the region for top-quality care."

"By providing innovative and highly specialized care while keeping focus on a strong commitment to the patient experience, Hackensack University Medical Center consistently ranks among the top hospitals in New Jersey and in the nation," said Mark D. Sparta, FACHE, president and chief hospital executive, Hackensack University Medical Center. " We are proud to provide exceptional, highly-complex tertiary and quaternary care while maintaining a focus on care and compassion at the bedside."