HMH has top-ranked children’s hospitals in N.J.

The Hackensack Meridian Health children’s hospitals in Hackensack and Neptune were named the top children’s hospitals in the state, according to the prestigious U.S. News & World Report rankings.

The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center, and the K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center — which combine to make up the Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health network — were tied for No. 14 in the listing of top children’s hospitals in the Mid-Atlantic.

The two were the only children’s hospitals in the state to be ranked among the best in the Mid-Atlantic region.

In addition, the combined nephrology program at both hospitals earned a national Top 50 ranking in one of the 10 specialties.

The honor was announced last month, but it is receiving additional recognition Tuesday, the day U.S. News released its overall hospital rankings.

Hackensack Meridian Health CEO Bob Garrett said the system was thrilled to be recognized.

“It is an honor, and also confirmation of our continued mission to deliver innovative care to children,” he said. “I congratulate the leadership of both children’s hospitals and our many team members who work day after day to provide world-class care for our patients.”

The annual Best Children’s Hospitals rankings recognize the Top 50 children’s hospitals across the U.S. in 10 pediatric specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and lung surgery and urology.

Dr. Judy Aschner, physician in chief of Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health and Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, said the staff deserves recognition.

“Every day, we work to provide the best expert care to the many children and their families served by our expert team of providers at our two children’s hospitals,” she said. “We are grateful for the work of so many dedicated team members and the trust of so many families.”

Dr. Harpreet Pall, chair of pediatrics at K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital and Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, agreed.

“Congratulations are in order to the many dedicated team members who compassionately care for the thousands of children who come through our hospital doors,” he said. “The two pediatric teams at each hospital deserve this great recognition and our appreciation.”