Morristown Medical Center named top hospital in N.J. by U.S. News

Edges Hackensack University Medical Center — one or the other (or both) has been top hospital for past 11 years

Morristown Medical Center was named the top hospital in the state for the fifth consecutive year, according to the prestigious U.S. News & World Report rankings, which were released this morning.

Hackensack University Medical Center, which tied with Morristown for the top spot in 2021, was second.

Hackensack University Medical Center.

The two hospitals have held the top honor — or shared the top honor — for each of the last 11 years. Morristown was tops in 2018-20; Hackensack was No. 1 from 2012-2017.

Both placed in the Top 10 of the New York City metro area, with Morristown ranked No. 9 and Hackensack No. 10.

Hackensack edged Morristown for the number of specialties in which it was nationally ranked, 4-3. They were the only two hospitals in the state to have a specialty ranked nationally.

Morristown Medical is the flagship hospital of Atlantic Health System; Hackensack University Medical Center is the flagship of Hackensack Meridian Health.

For the complete rankings, click here.

U.S. News editors say the annual Best Hospitals rankings and ratings, now in their 33rd year, are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive quality care for challenging health conditions or elective procedures.

Atlantic Health CEO Brian Gragnolati said the honor represents a teamwide effort.

“Clinical excellence and compassionate care are the hallmarks of our remarkable team,” he said. “When our patients and communities need us most, they can rest assured they are in the best possible hands with the talented physicians, nurses and caregivers of Atlantic Health System.”

Morristown Medical Center President Trish O’Keefe also praised the staff.

“To earn the No. 1 ranking in the state five years in a row validates our commitment to consistently provide exceptional, high-quality care for our patients,” she said. “This national recognition is a testament to the unwavering dedication of our medical, clinical and support teams to bring about the best-possible patient outcomes.  Our communities trust us to provide the best resources to help keep them healthy, the latest and most innovative treatments and high-quality care no matter what brings them to our hospital. I’m enormously proud of the extraordinary efforts of our entire team whose exceptional collaboration and focus on excellence made this recognition possible.”

Hackensack Meridian Health CEO Bob Garrett expressed a similar sentiment about the staff at HUMC.

“Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals consistently rank among the best in our state and nation because of our world-class team members who work tirelessly to deliver high-quality, compassionate care to the patients and communities we serve,” he said. “We are incredibly proud of our hospitals and team members who continue to elevate the standard of care in New Jersey and beyond.”

Here’s a look at a number of key rankings:

Top hospitals in N.J., with their ranking in New York metro area:

1. Morristown Medical Center (9)
2. Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center (10)
3. Valley Hospital (Ridgewood) (T16)
4. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (New Brunswick) (T16)
5. Overlook Medical Center (Summit) (T20)
T6. AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (Atlantic City)
T6. Cooper University Health Care (Camden)
T6. Englewood Health (T24)
T6. Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center (Neptune) (T24)
T6. Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center (Livingston) (T24)
T6. Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center (T24)
T6. Virtua Voorhees
T13. Hackensack Meridian Ocean University Medical Center (T29)
T13. Jefferson Health – Stratford
15. Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital (Camden)

N.J. hospitals nationally ranked in specialties:

  • Cardiology & Heart Surgery: Hackensack, No. 43; Morristown, No. 46
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery: Hackensack, No. 42
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology: Morristown, No. 28
  • Orthopedics: Morristown, No. 23; Hackensack, No. 43
  • Urology: Hackensack, No. 31

Top hospitals in the U.S.:

1. Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minnesota) (seventh straight year in top spot)
2. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles)
3. NYU Langone
4. Cleveland Clinic
T5. UCLA Medical Center (Los Angeles)
T5. Johns Hopkins (Baltimore)
7. New York Presbyterian
8. Mass General (Boston)
9. Northwestern Memorial (Chicago)
10. Stanford Health Care (Stanford, California)