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Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital New Brunswick Earns Fifth Prestigious Magnet® Designation For Nursing Excellence

June 28, 2016
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - Following a rigorous re-designation process, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJ) New Brunswick has earned Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for the fifth consecutive time. RWJ is one of only seven organizations internationally to achieve this distinction.

With this achievement, RWJ New Brunswick retains its place among an elite group of health care providers that belong to the Magnet community.  Approximately seven percent of hospitals in the nation have achieved Magnet recognition.

“We are very proud to achieve Magnet status for the fifth time,” said Michael Antoniades, President and Chief Executive Officer for Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. “It validates the exceptional bedside care that our nurses provide every day to our patients, and it reflects the commitment of our nursing team and our entire organization to pursuing extensive research, performing community outreach and sharing best practices with our colleagues in the healthcare field.”

Lori Colineri DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer for RWJBarnabas Health, Southern Region, added, “Earning this prestigious designation affirms RWJ’s status as an international leader in nursing practice. It’s a tremendous honor to have our nurses’ talent, dedication and expertise recognized.”

To achieve Magnet status, RWJ New Brunswick underwent an exhaustive review by a team of ANCC appraisers in April. The process begins with the submission of an electronic application, followed by written documentation demonstrating both qualitative and quantitative evidence regarding patient care and outcomes. After the organization meets specific requirements, appraisers make an on-site visit to thoroughly assess and validate the organization’s application. Following the site visit, the Commission on Magnet Recognition reviews the completed appraisal report and determines if Magnet recognition will be granted.

According to ANCC, health care organizations achieving Magnet status demonstrate evidence of “higher percentages of satisfied RNs, lower RN turnover and vacancy, improved clinical outcomes and improved patient satisfaction”. By receiving this fifth Magnet designation, RWJ re-affirms its position as an international leader in nursing practice.

About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is a 965-bed academic medical center with campuses in New Brunswick and Somerville, NJ.  Its Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation, cancer care, stroke care, neuroscience, joint replacement, and women’s and children’s care including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital ( 

As the flagship Cancer Hospital of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the principal teaching hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, RWJUH is an innovative leader in advancing state-of-the-art care. A Level 1 Trauma Center and the first Pediatric Trauma Center in the state, RWJUH’s New Brunswick campus serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness.

RWJUH has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report seven times and has been selected by the publication as a high performing hospital in numerous specialties.  The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report three times. In addition, RWJUH was named among the best places to work in health care by Modern Healthcare magazine and received the Equity Care of Award as Top Hospital for Healthcare Diversity and Inclusion from the American Hospital Association.

Both the New Brunswick and Somerset campuses have earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety, including the prestigious Magnet® Award for Nursing Excellence and “Most Wired” designation by Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine. The Joint Commission and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services have designated the New Brunswick Campus as a Comprehensive Stroke Center and the Somerset Campus as a Primary Stroke Center.

The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer has rated RWJUH New Brunswick among the nation’s best comprehensive cancer centers and designated the Steeplechase Cancer Center at RWJ Somerset as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center.  The Joint Surgery Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for total knee and total hip replacement surgery.