Jersey Shore University Medical Center & Bayshore Community Hospital Among 2013-2014 Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report

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Jersey Shore University Medical Center & Bayshore Community Hospital Among 2013-2014 Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report

Jersey Shore University Medical Center and Bayshore Community Hospital, members of Meridian Health, are included in the 2013-2014 Best Hospitals metro area rankings released by U.S. News & World Report.

Jersey Shore is recognized as high performing in cardiology and heart surgery; diabetes and endocrinology; gastroenterology & GI surgery; geriatrics; gynecology; neurology and neurosurgery; pulmonology; and urology, while Bayshore is recognized as high performing in neurology and neurosurgery in the U.S. News Best Regional Hospitals rankings for the New York metropolitan area.

The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 24th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.

U.S. News evaluates hospitals in 16 adult specialties. In most specialties, it ranks the nation's top 50 hospitals and recognizes other high-performing hospitals that provide care at nearly the level of their nationally ranked peers.

"A hospital that emerges from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of," said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. "Only about 15 percent of hospitals are recognized for their high performance as among their region's best. Just 3 percent of all hospitals earn a national ranking in any specialty."

U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, the adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.

The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Using the same data, U.S. News produced the state and metro rankings.

The rankings have been published at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals and appear in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook.

About Meridian Health:
Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization in New Jersey, comprising Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital in Neptune, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, and Meridian Partner Companies that include home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, ambulatory care, ambulance services, and outpatient centers. Meridian Health has consistently been rated among the top performing health systems in New Jersey for clinical quality, is one of the FORTUNE "100 Best Companies to Work For" for four years in a row, and is the recipient of numerous state and national recognitions for patient care and nursing excellence. Recently, Meridian Health was the only health system in New Jersey to be ranked as one of the most Integrated Healthcare Systems in the nation according to SDI and Modern Healthcare Magazine. For more information, please visit www.MeridianHealth.com.