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RWJUH Ranked Among the State and Region's Best Hospitals by U.S. News and World Report

August 9, 2017

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) New Brunswick has been ranked among the region’s best hospitals by U.S.News & World Report in the publication’s 2017-18 ranking of the region and nation’s best hospitals. 

RWJUH is ranked third in New Jersey and eighth among all hospitals in the New Jersey- New York region. In addition, U.S. News designated RWJUH as “high performing,” in eight specialties which include Cancer, Gastroenterology and Gastrointestinal Surgery, Geriatrics, Nephrology, Neurology and  Neurosurgery, and Urology.

“Earning this prestigious designation is the direct result of strong partnerships and the spirit of teamwork that exists among all faculty and community physicians, our Magnet Award-winning nurses, allied health professionals and team members on our academic medical campus,” explains John J. Gantner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. “We are fortunate to work closely with our partners across RWJBarnabas Health, Rutgers University, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey to bring residents of our state and region the finest destination therapies, research and advanced clinical trials available anywhere in the United States.” 

Earlier this year, The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital (BMSCH) at RWJUH was ranked among the nation’s best children’ hospitals by U.S.News & World Report. It marked the 5th time that BMSCH achieved this status.

In their 28th year, the U.S. News Best Hospital rankings and ratings compare more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions.

The U.S. News methodologies in most areas of care are based largely on objective measures such as risk-adjusted survival and readmission rates, volume, patient experience, patient safety and quality of nursing, among other care-related indicators. Methodology updates made for 2017-18 included:

More data: Five years of Medicare data – covering more than 60 million hospitalizations – were used to calculate Procedures and Conditions ratings, as opposed to three years used in previous ratings.
Best Regional Hospitals: Procedures and conditions ratings, which rely entirely on objective data, were emphasized more than specialty rankings in determining state and metro rankings.
Socioeconomic status and transfer patients: Day in and day out, hospitals treat patients of varying income levels, ages and health challenges. U.S. News improved its measurements to avoid penalizing hospitals for treating low-income patients or for accepting high-risk cases transferred from other hospitals.
Volume: The number of patients treated, which reflects a hospital's level of experience, has long been an important quality indicator in U.S. News rankings. This year, U.S. News refined how it measures volume to improve comparability among hospitals.

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.