Hackensack University And 2 other hospitals earn top ratings in nationwide health study

1 02 2008

Three North Jersey hospitals rank among the top 5 percent of nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide for patient outcomes, a leading health-care rating service said Thursday.

Hackensack University Medical Center, The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood and Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck received the 2008 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence from HealthGrades Inc.

Patients admitted to these hospitals are, on average, 27 percent less likely to face mortality, and 5 percent less likely to suffer from a major complication, according to an independent study released by HealthGrades.

Hackensack, Valley and Holy Name were among 269 of 4,971 non-federal hospitals to receive the top award. Hospitals in the study were graded on 27 procedures and diagnoses, based on millions of hospitalization records from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

In addition to overall quality, Hackensack received 2008 specialty excellence awards from HealthGrades for bariatric, cardiac and general surgery; and for care of cardiac, gastrointestinal, orthopedic, pulmonary, stroke and women’s health patients.

Holy Name was cited for excellence in 2008 for gastrointestinal, pulmonary and stroke care; and Valley for joint replacement and maternity care.

Hackensack has won the Distinguished Hospital Award for the past six years, and Holy Name for the past four years.

St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, Mountainside Hospital in Montclair and Clara Maas Medical Center in Belleville also were among the top 5 percent of facilities to win overall excellence awards. NorthJersey.com

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