CARES Surgicenter at Saint Peter’s named tops in state by Newsweek

The CARES Surgicenter at Saint Peter’s Healthcare System has been named “Best Ambulatory Surgery Center in New Jersey” by Newsweek.

The Best Ambulatory Surgery Centers 2022 issue by Newsweek highlights the nation’s top ambulatory surgery centers based on quality of care, performance data and peer recommendations relative to in-state competition.

Saint Peter’s was tops among 28 centers ranked in New Jersey. Here are the Top 5:

  1. Saint Peter’s Healthcare System – CARES Surgicenter (New Brunswick)
  2. Summit Surgical Center (Voorhees)
  3. Surgical Care Associates – Surgical Center of South Jersey (Mount Laurel)
  4. Virtua Health – Jersey Shore Ambulatory Center (Somers Points)
  5. Virtua Health – Center for Surgery Washington Twp. (Sewell)

Dr. Kevin Nini, a surgeon and chairman of the CARES Surgicenter board, was thrilled by the honor.

“Saint Peter’s CARES Surgicenter has long set the standard for ambulatory surgery centers in the region, and we are humbled to now be recognized as one of the nation’s best and tops in New Jersey,” he said. “On a daily basis, our physicians and staff strive to meet the highest standards in patient safety, comfort and overall experience, and this recognition is proof that they not only meet, but exceed industry standards.”

Saint Peter’s CEO Les Hirsch was delighted by the recognition, praising the staff at the center.

“I am extremely proud of the entire staff at our CARES Surgicenter for having reached the distinction as ‘best in the state,’” he said. “Our state-of-the-art facility serves patients with the highest standard of care in a comfortable and professional atmosphere dedicated to meeting a variety of healthcare needs.

“Saint Peter’s is continually cited for superior patient satisfaction, and this recognition further validates that the patient care we provide at our ambulatory surgery center meets these same standards of excellence.”

Ambulatory surgical centers have become an important part of American medicine and offer patients the ability to have specific surgical procedures performed on an outpatient basis, meaning they usually don’t require hospitalization. The benefits of ASCs are that they allow patients to return home quickly, often the same day, while also reducing medical costs to patients, as well as hospitals and health care systems. Currently, there are over 5,000 Medicare-certified ambulatory surgical centers around the country.

The 2022 rankings included ambulatory surgery centers operating exclusively for the purpose of providing surgical services to patients not requiring hospitalization and in which the expected duration of services would not exceed 24 hours following an admission.


According to Newsweek, the goal of its rankings is to assist readers in making informed decisions when seeking care for themselves and their loved ones. This year’s list of top ambulatory surgery centers spotlights 470 facilities in the 25 U.S. states with the most ambulatory surgery centers.

Working with data research firm Statista, Newsweek analyzed individual centers’ performance data. As part of the research, it conducted a survey of experts, asking nurses, therapists, physicians and surgeons, and administrators in ASCs for the best surgery centers in their state or a state they were familiar with. Participants were also invited to assess how well the ASC in question handled the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis.

Expert surveys accounted for 67% of a facility’s overall score, with 33% based on quality of procedural outcomes.