Stroke Care at RWJUH Receives National Recognition

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – In a move acknowledging the exceptionally high quality of stroke care at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, the nation’s major hospital accrediting agency has certified RWJUH as a Primary Stroke Center and awarded the hospital’s stroke program its Gold Seal of Approval™.

RWJUH is the first hospital in Central New Jersey to earn this important distinction from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), and one of only eight hospitals so designated in the state.

Stroke is the third most common cause of death in New Jersey, taking the lives of approximately 4,000 people each year, and is also a leading cause of long-term disability.

To earn certification as a Primary Stroke Center, RWJUH demonstrated adherence to the most stringent national standards and guidelines for stroke care. This includes the presence of a rapid-response stroke treatment team accessible 24 hours a day consisting of neurologists, neurosurgeons, radiologists, emergency medicine physicians, pharmacists, specially trained nurses, rehabilitation experts, EMTs and other experts in stroke care.

The Primary Stroke Center certification marks the first major achievement for RWJUH in 2006 and reinforces the hospital’s status as one of the region’s leading hospitals. In 2005, Consumers Digest ranked RWJUH among the top five hospitals in the nation for patient safety. RWJUH also had more top-rated physicians than any hospital in New Jersey listed in New York magazine and New Jersey Monthly’s 2005 “Best Doctors” issues.

About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is a 600-bed academic medical center and the principal hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, N.J.

RWJUH is an innovative leader in advancing state-of-the-art care. Its Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care, from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation; cancer care; and women’s and children’s care, including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital (

The hospital is a Level I Trauma Center and serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness.

RWJUH has earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety. It ranks among “America’s Best Hospitals,” according to U.S.News & World Report’s 2012 survey; it is the sixth consecutive year that RWJUH has achieved this prestigious ranking. Also in 2012, U.S.News & World Report ranked BMSCH among the nation’s “Best Children’s Hospitals.” The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer has rated RWJUH among the nation's best comprehensive cancer centers. The Leapfrog Group rated RWJUH among the 50 exceptional U.S. hospitals, as published in Consumers Digest, and has given the hospital an “A” grade for safety and quality. Harvard University researchers, in a study commissioned by The Commonwealth Fund, identified RWJUH as one of the top 10 hospitals in the nation for clinical quality. RWJUH is a four-time recipient of the prestigious Magnet Award for Nursing Excellence

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