Newswise — Neptune, NJ, January 12, 2021…  Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center was recently recognized as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care and received the Neurosciences Excellence Award for 2021, according to a national study by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.  The academic medical center is one of only three hospitals in New Jersey that received recognition as a Best Hospital for Stroke Care.

“This is the second consecutive year Jersey Shore received these accolades from Healthgrades, acknowledging superior clinical outcomes in the care and treatment of stroke and in neurosurgery,” said Kenneth N. Sable, M.D., MBA, FACEP, regional president, Hackensack Meridian Health, Southern Market. “This is a welcome validation of the incredible care and advanced treatments provided by the medical center’s Neuroscience Institute.”     

Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at almost 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 34 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions. “These recognitions highlight the expertise and high-quality care provided by our Neuroscience teams and will help Monmouth and Ocean County residents make informed decisions about where to receive care,” said Vito Buccellato, MPA, LNHA, chief hospital executive, Jersey Shore University Medical Center.

The Neuroscience Institute provides patients with a comprehensive line up of services for spine injuries, concussion, epilepsy, MS, brain tumors, memory, and more, as well as the region’s only Stroke Rescue Center. “I’m extremely proud of the institute’s physicians, nurses, and support staff,” said Alan Colicchio, M.D., chairman, Jersey Shore University Medical Center Neuroscience Institute and medical director, Neuroscience Care Transformation Service, Hackensack Meridian Health, Southern Market. “We have had a busy year or so as we continue to add services; our new Center for Advanced Skull Base Surgery and MS Center, and celebrate milestones such as our Center for Paralysis and Reconstructive Nerve Surgery’s recent 500th Phrenic Nerve Reconstruction patient.”

For more information about the Institute’s services, call 732-775-5500 or visit  To view all of Jersey Shore University Medical Center’s accolades from Healthgrades, visit




Located in Neptune, New Jersey, Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center is a not-for-profit teaching hospital and the only Level II Trauma and Level II Pediatric Trauma Center in Monmouth and Ocean counties. It is home to K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital – the first children’s hospital in Monmouth and Ocean counties. With more than 1,200 physicians and dental staff in 60 specialty areas, Jersey Shore University Medical Center’s team provides quality care in a patient-centered, environmentally-friendly setting.

The team’s commitment to excellence has earned Jersey Shore University Medical Center numerous accolades, including being named the #6 top hospital in New Jersey by U.S. News & World Report for 2020-2021. The medical center’s clinical research program and longstanding commitment to medical education is evident through an affiliation with Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University and a new affiliation with St. George’s University School of Medicine. Jersey Shore University Medical Center serves as an academic center dedicated to advancing medical knowledge, training future physicians and providing the community with access to promising medical breakthroughs.

Jersey Shore University Medical Center’s programs and services have received numerous national recognitions, including designation as high-performing in cardiac, stroke, surgical and oncology services.

Jersey Shore University Medical Center’s HOPE Tower – a $265 million 10-story medical office building provides a new healing outpatient experience. Guided by a patient-centered approach towards care, and informed by the latest medical breakthroughs, HOPE Tower includes advanced imaging services, a clinical academic center, innovative simulation laboratory, state-of-the-art amphitheater, specialty physician offices, a nine-level parking garage, and a 58,000 square foot cancer facility. The new cancer facility features a range of comprehensive treatment options, including surgical specialties, medical oncology, and the most advanced radiation therapy and minimally invasive interventional therapies. Nurse navigators guide patients through every step and provide an extra layer of support and coordination.  For more information, visit