Newswise — January 15, 2020 – Hackensack, NJ – Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center announced today that it earned its 28th The Joint Commission (TJC) Disease Specific Care (DSC) certification, marking the most certifications of any hospital in the nation. TJC awarded the Prematurity program at Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center with the DSC certification after a rigorous review process. Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital is the first hospital in the state of New Jersey to earn this esteemed designation.
“The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal® is a symbol of Hackensack University Medical Center’s strong culture and commitment to achieving clinical excellence,” said Mark D. Sparta, FACHE, president and chief hospital executive, Hackensack University Medical Center and executive vice president of Population Health, Hackensack Meridian Health. “I want to congratulate our Prematurity program team members at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital for their diligent efforts and dedication on becoming the first hospital in New Jersey to earn this important designation. We look forward to leading the way in providing excellent, safe care for our patients.”
The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal® reflects the organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. This is the initial Prematurity program certification at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center. The Prematurity program is a multidisciplinary team committed to improving the care and outcomes in preterm infants less than 30 weeks. Any infant born less than 30 weeks is at the highest risk for developing complications related to prematurity.
“Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center’s Prematurity program is dedicated to providing family-centered, compassionate, state-of-the-art care to the patients and families we serve in the neonatal intensive care unit,” said Judy Aschner, MD, Chair of Pediatrics, Physician- in-Chief of the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center and Clinical Director of the Children’s Care Transformation Services, Hackensack Meridian Health. “Our hospital is a leader in providing excellent care for women and children, and we have unparalleled expertise in delivering and caring for premature infants and sick newborns. This latest recognition from The Joint Commission represents our mission to raise the standard of patient care and safety for our tiniest patients.”
Surveys studied patient outcomes, team member and patient interviews, and policy and procedure review. The surveyor noted that Hackensack University Medical Center has the most program certifications she has ever seen and complimented the organization’s strong culture of safety. She complimented the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit nurses and physicians on being extremely caring and thorough. She observed that the neonatal team members were engaged and communicated effectively with patient’s families and noted that feedback from patient families was very positive. The surveyor also shared that the children’s hospital leadership and Prematurity team – Sabrina Malik, MD, Neonatology; Benjamin C. Planer, MD, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine; and Krystyna Toczylowski, RN, MSN, BCLC, Clinical Nurse Specialist – are dedicated to quality and improvement.
“The Neonatal team is dedicated to quality improvement and providing the best care for our patients,” said Sabrina Malik, MD, Neonatologist and Chair of the Prematurity Program, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center.
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is a Level III Regional NICU with advanced care capabilities, along with skilled specialists, to care for sick and critically ill and premature babies. The Neonatal team includes physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and respiratory therapists all with specialized neonatal training and exceptional experience caring for neonates of all gestational ages. The team has been a long-standing member of the Vermont Oxford Network and New Jersey State Collaborative and has been recognized for its commitment to improving neonatal outcomes. The team has implemented protocols and guidelines to reduce mortality, morbidities and achieving excellent outcomes.
“I would like to congratulate Judy Aschner, MD, Pediatric Department Chair Children’s Hospital; Tom Flynn, senior vice president and chief compliance officer; Renee Harvey, vice president, Regulatory Affairs; Inia Estima, manager, Regulatory Affairs; and all of our team members who are involved in helping us lead the nation in Joint Commission certifications,” added Sparta.
An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards. In all, Hackensack University Medical Center has earned 28 Joint Commission certifications, more than any other hospital in the country.
About Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center
Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center, a 781-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 the largest, most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care, which is comprised of 35,000 team members and more than 7,000 physicians. Hackensack University Medical Center is ranked #2 in New Jersey and #59 in the country in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 Best Hospital rankings and is ranked high-performing in the U.S. in colon cancer surgery, lung cancer surgery, COPD, heart failure, heart bypass surgery, aortic valve surgery, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, knee replacement and hip replacement. Out of 4,500 hospitals evaluated, Hackensack is one of only 57 that received a top rating in all nine procedures and conditions. 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 2018. The medical center is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 26 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 sixth consecutive designation in 2019. Hackensack University Medical Center has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: John Theurer Cancer Center, a consortium member of the NCI-designated Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive 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 www.HackensackUMC.org.