Newswise — October 2, 2017 ― Hackensack, NJ ― Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center is pleased to announce that it has been awarded accreditation by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) at the September meeting of its Council on Accreditation. As the "gold seal," AAHRPP accreditation offers assurances—to research participants, researchers, sponsors, government regulators, and the general public—that Hackensack University Medical Center is focused first and foremost on excellence.

“I would like to congratulate Hackensack University Medical Center on being awarded this prestigious accreditation, which is a testament to its pioneering research program,” said Robert C. Garrett, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health.  “Hackensack Meridian Health is leading the way in innovation, and as our flagship hospital for research, Hackensack University Medical Center is developing and driving tomorrow’s health care research and discovery.”

Hackensack University Medical Center is one of only two hospitals in New Jersey to receive this accreditation.  This important recognition will allow Hackensack University Medical Center to continue fulfilling the mission of the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP), which is to safeguard and promote the health and welfare of research participants by ensuring that their rights, safety and well-being are protected. The HRPP includes mechanisms to monitor, evaluate and continually improve the protection of individuals participating in research programs.  The HRPP also exercises oversight of research protection, and educates investigators and research staff about their ethical responsibility to protect research participants. The program also ensures sufficient resources are dedicated to facilitate excellence and integrity in human research.

“This accreditation recognizes Hackensack University Medical Center’s commitment to excellence in the conduct of research that will allow us to expand our portfolio of treatment options, provide high-quality patient care and cutting-edge research,” said Andrew L. Pecora, M.D., Institutional Official, president of Physician Enterprise and chief innovations officer at Hackensack Meridian Health. “Hackensack University Medical Center is leading the future of health care, and our research team remains dedicated to being on the forefront of discovery.”

Hackensack University Medical Center’s researchers put the safety and well-being of our patients first, and this accreditation assures our patients they are being cared for by the very best.  To earn accreditation, organizations must provide tangible evidence—through policies, procedures, and practices—of their commitment to scientifically and ethically sound research and to continuous improvement. To date, 247 organizations—including 46 international entities—have earned AAHRPP accreditation.

An independent, non-profit accrediting body, AAHRPP uses a voluntary, peer-driven, educational model to ensure that HRPPs meet rigorous standards for quality and protection.   AAHRPP promotes high-quality, ethically sound research through an accreditation process that helps organizations worldwide strengthen their human research protection programs (HRPPs).  In today’s global, collaborative research enterprise, organizations increasingly rely on AAHRPP accreditation status to help identify trusted research partners.



Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center, a 775-bed nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is now part of one of the largest networks in the state comprised of 28,000 team members and more than 6,000 physicians. Hackensack University Medical Center was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-18 Best Hospital rankings - maintaining its place atop the NJ rankings since the rating system was introduced. It was also named one of the top four New York Metro Area hospitals. Hackensack University Medical Center is one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more years in a row. Becker’s Hospital Review recognized Hackensack University Medical Center as one of the 100 Great Hospitals in America 2017. The medical center is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 23 Gold Seals of Approval™ by The Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. Hackensack University Medical Center is the only New Jersey hospital to be recognized among 25 hospitals and health systems considered Best Places to Work, according to Indeed.  Hackensack University Medical Center has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: the John Theurer Cancer Center; the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center and listed on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. Hackensack University Medical Center is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to The Northern Trust PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events especially the Tackle Kids Cancer Campaign providing much needed research at the Children’s Cancer Institute housed at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital. To learn more, visit