AARP Modern Maturity Magazine
Saint Barnabas Chosen as One of the Best Hospitals in the United States
“Choosing a hospital that will meet your needs during a health crisis can be one of the most important decisions of your life,” said Hugh Delehanty, editorial director for AARP Modern Maturity, America’s largest circulation magazine, in making the announcement. “We wanted to provide consumers with reliable, unbiased information that will improve their ability to make these decisions. Not all hospitals are created equal and when you need one, it’s good to know which are the standard-bearers in safety and innovation.”
Consumers’ Checkbook, a nonprofit consumer education organization, rated the quality of care for adults at acute care hospitals in major metropolitan areas in the United States. The two-year research project included surveying more than 20,000 physicians, and analyzing statistics and mortality rates from more than 1,300 hospitals. Saint Barnabas was rated the best hospital in New Jersey, and the 13th best in the country. Only one other New Jersey hospital was included in the overall best hospital list, behind Saint Barnabas.
In the survey in which the average hospital was ranked “very good” or “excellent” by 33 percent of responding physicians, Saint Barnabas received an 80 percent approval rating.
Saint Barnabas Medical Center shared the spotlight with some of the most well-respected health care facilities in the country including the Cleveland Clinic, Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, New York-Weill Cornell and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, all of which were rated behind Saint Barnabas. “We are extremely pleased that Saint Barnabas has received such an honor,” said Executive Director John F. Bonamo, M.D. “The staff and attending physicians’ commitment and dedication to medical excellence and patient satisfaction is the reason why Saint Barnabas was selected as one of the best hospitals in the nation.”
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