Morristown Medical Center is once again the best hospital in New Jersey, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report annual analysis of doctor recommendations, patient surveys and Medicare data.
A total of 15 hospitals in New Jersey earned recognition from the high-profile list, in its 30th year of publication.
Nationally, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. claimed top honors, followed by the Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
More than 4,500 hospitals were evaluated for US. News' latest survey.
"For 30 years, U.S. News has become strived to make hospital quality more transparent to healthcare consumers nationwide, "said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News .
"By providing the most comprehensive data available on nearly every hospital across the United States, we give patients, families and physicians information on their care for the best care across a range of procedures, conditions and specialties . "
US News varied the formula for the latest report, and as the authors discourage comparing the 201
"The new model provides a more comprehensive assessment that is useful to patients, families and their medical professionals," Harder said.
The survey evaluates hospital performance in 16 common specialties and the most common procedures they encounter.
Here are New Jersey's top hospitals as ranked by the report:
11. Overlook Medical Center
The Summit Hospital received recognition for its "high-performing" treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD. The hospital, operated by the Atlantic Health System, has appeared on the list for nine consecutive years.
11. (tie) Jefferson Health-Jefferson Stratford Hospital
This south jersey hospital is a high-performer in treating COPD and heart failure and performing knee-replacement surgery.
11. (tie) Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center, Plainsboro
Princeton is a high-performer in knee and hip replacement surgery and treating heart failure.
11. (tie) Hack Tack Meridian Health Ocean Medical Center at Brick
This Ocean County hospital is a high performer in colon cancer surgery and the treatment of COPD and heart failure.
11. (tie) Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden
Patients want to receive above-average care if they have COPD, heart failure or are undergoing heart bypass surgery.
9. (tie) Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, Somerville
This RWJBarnabas hospital offers above-average care in orthopedics, heart failure, colon cancer surgery and hip replacement surgery.
9. Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center at Red Bank
This monmouth county hospital is a high performer for orthopedic conditions and the treatment of heart failure, COPD and hip replacement surgery.
7. (tie) Virtua Voorhees Hospital
Patients here above-average treatment for heart failure, colon cancer surgery, COPD and hip and knee replacement surgery. It's also the seventh-best hospital in the south jersey region, and ninth-best in the philadelphia area.
7. (tie) AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Atlantic City
This hospital is a high-performer in orthopedic care, for the treatment of COPD, heart failure and hip replacement surgeries.
6. Valley Hospital at Ridgewood
The independent hospital in Bergen County is a high performer in orthopedic care, treating heart failure, performing colon cancer and lung cancer surgeries, hip replacement surgery and treating COPD.
5th Jersey Shore University Medical Center at Neptune
This Hackensack Meridian Health Hospital offers the nation's 39th best orthopedics department. The nephrology department is above-average, as is its record performing aortic valve surgery, heart bypass surgery, treating heart failure and COPD.
4. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick
This flagship hospital in the RWJBarnabas Health Network collected accolades for cancer and COPD treatment, gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics, nephrology, orthopedics, aortic valve surgery, heart bypass surgery, heart failure and colon cancer surgery.
3. St Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston
Located in Livingston and one of the flagship hospitals of the RWJBarnabas chain, St Barnabas ranks 25th for its gynecology department and 32nd for the treatment of diabetes.
The hospital succeeds Spokeswoman Sally Malech said: "We have a clinical program that focuses on improving clinical outcomes and on patients who are currently undergoing treatment
St. Barnabas is also a high-performer in gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics, neurology and neurosurgery, colon cancer surgery and treating heart failure and COPD.
2. Hackensack University Medical Center
This hospital in Bergen County has a long list of high performing services: cancer care, geriatrics, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, urology, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, heart bypass surgery , heart failure, colon cancer, surgery, COPD, hip and knee replacement surgery, lung cancer surgery.
1. Morristown Medical Center
Morristown is ranked among the best 50 hospitals in the nation for cardiology & heart surgery, registered as the 26th best.
Morristown ranked 34th in orthopedics.
It is the 9th best hospital in the New York-New Jersey region.
"This sustained recognition demonstrates the commitment of our team … to build healthier communities, ensure extraordinary care is constantly delivered, focus said Morristown's President, Trish O'Keefe, a registered nurse.
"As a leader, we want to continue to provide high-quality patient care."
The hospital earned high-performer status for its gastroenterology services and GI sur hip and knee replacement surgery and lung cancer surgery.
geriatrics, geriatrics, nephrology, urology, aortic valve surgery, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, cancer, surgery outcomes loosely defined as "a hospital's success at keeping patients alive" account for 37.5 percent of the score; "Other" care-related indicators find out from the American Hospital Association's annual survey from 2017 accounts for 30 percent expert opinion from board-certified doctors in their area of expertise 5 percent.
Since the magazine began the survey 30 years ago, other authorities have created cards and other rankings, including the Leapfrog Safety Report Card, based on data and patient surveys. Experts advise the public using these tools in a broad discussion about where they seek care.