Award-Winning Health Care

The Joint Commission National Quality Approval Award

The Joint Commission National Quality Approval and Gold Seal of Approval® for Perinatal Care

An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 21,000 healthcare 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. The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Perinatal Care is earned by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards in maternal-fetal medicine. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects the organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care for mothers and infants leading up to, during and after birth.

Magnet Recognized American Nurses Credentialing Center Award

Magnet Recognized American Nurses Credentialing Center

The Magnet Recognition Program® by the American Nurses Credentialing Center of the American Nurses Association is the most prestigious distinction a healthcare organization can receive for nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes. It is the gold standard for hospital nursing. Organizations that achieve Magnet recognition are part of an esteemed group that demonstrates superior nursing practices and outcomes.

Saint Peter’s University Hospital achieved Magnet status for 2020-2024, making it one of only 5 hospitals worldwide to receive this designation for six consecutive terms. This recent designation was awarded after an intense three-day survey by nursing experts. Saint Peter’s first received Magnet designation in 1998. Research shows that patients who stay in Magnet hospitals benefit from many positive outcomes, including fewer falls, bed sores and infections. Magnet hospitals consistently provide the highest quality patient care.

Beacon Award for Excellence

Beacon Award for Excellence

The Beacon Award for Excellence lauds North American hospital units that employ evidence-based practices to improve patient and family outcomes. Recipients of a Gold Beacon Award demonstrate excellence in sustained unit performance and patient outcomes. Silver-level recipients demonstrate continuous learning and effective systems to achieve optimal patient care. Bronze-level awardees demonstrate success in developing, deploying and integrating unit-based performance criteria for optimal outcomes. Saint Peter’s University Hospital is proud of our Adult Intensive Care and Neonatal Intensive Care units for earning this prestigious award for a sixth and third consecutive year respectively, and we congratulate our Cardiac Progressive Care unit for becoming a first-time recipient.

age friendly


As part of the Age-Friendly Health System initiative, The John A. Hartford Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, in partnership with the American Hospital Association and the Catholic Health Association of the United States, are helping hospitals and other care settings implement a set of evidence based interventions specifically designed to improve care for older adults. The hospitals test and adapt interventions designed to provide good care by participating in teams referred to as Age-Friendly Health Systems Action Communities. These communities are collaborative entities comprised of healthcare teams from all over the country who are committed to sharing data and learning together. Teams strive toward reliably implementing best practices across emergency departments, intensive care units, medical-surgical units, and primary and specialty care settings.
NICHE Designated Hospital Award

NICHE Designated Hospital

NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) is the leading nurse driven program designed to help hospitals and healthcare organizations improve the care of older adults.  The vision of NICHE is for all patients 65 and over to be given sensitive and exemplary care. The mission of NICHE is to provide principles and tools to stimulate a change in the culture of healthcare facilities to achieve patient centered care for older adults. NICHE, based at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing has over 680 hospitals and healthcare facilities in 46 states, Canada, Bermuda, and Singapore. NICHE designation demonstrates a hospital's organizational commitment and continued progress in improving quality, enhancing the patient and family experience, and supporting the hospital and other healthcare organization's efforts to serve its communities.

Commission on Cancer Accredited Program Award

Commission on Cancer Accredited Program

The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), recognizes cancer care programs for their commitment to providing comprehensive, high-quality, and multidisciplinary patient centered care. The CoC is dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care. Through the CoC, cancer programs have access to reporting tools to aid in benchmarking and improving outcomes at their facility as well as educational and training opportunities, development resources, and advocacy.

National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers Award

National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers

When your breast center achieves accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) you can be assured that it is held to the highest standards of care for patients with diseases of the breast.

Our coalition of professional organizations, the NAPBC, works together to provide the most efficient and contemporary breast care using scientific evidence about what works best for patients. At NAPBC we monitor compliance to our standards at each accredited breast center. Our NAPBC Board is composed of leadership from many medical disciplines and upholds nationally recognized quality performance measures for breast cancer treatment. We are administered by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), which for more than 100 years has led national and international initiatives to improve quality in hospitals.

Gold Stroke Award

Gold Stroke Award

The American Heart Association & American Stroke Association recognize Saint Peter's for achieving 85% or higher compliance with all Get with the Guidelines- Stroke Achievement Measures & 75% or higher compliance with five or more Get with the Guidelines - Stroke Quality Measures for two or more consecutive years to improve quality of patient care and outcomes.

US News/Neonatology

U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in hospital rankings and consumer advice, ranked The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital among the top 50 hospitals in the nation in neonatology in the new 2021-22 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. Saint Peter’s is the only New Jersey-based hospital to be recognized among the top 50 in this category for the third year in a row. This ranking places Saint Peter’s Children’s Hospital tops in New Jersey for neonatal care. The U.S. News Best Children’s Hospitals rankings rely on clinical data and on an annual survey of pediatric specialists. The rankings methodology factors in patient outcomes, such as mortality and infection rates, as well as available clinical resources and compliance with best practices.
Women's Choice Award

2021 Women’s Choice

The Women’s Choice Award sets the standard for helping women make smarter choices by collectively identifying the brands, products, and services most recommended and trusted by women; those that deliver a customer experience worthy of their recommendation. Awards are based on surveys of thousands of women, as well as research conducted in partnership with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania on what drives the consumer experience for women. Saint Peter’s University Hospital is a proud recipient of the 2021 Women’s Choice Awards for Best Children’s Hospital, Best Breast Center, Best Mammography, Best Cancer Care, and Best Obstetrics Care.
American Diabetes Association Award

American Diabetes Association

Education Recognition by the American Diabetes Association, the largest and most widely known organization in the field of diabetes (and one of only two bodies deemed as National Accrediting Organization of DSMT programs by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid) identifies quality diabetes self-management education services that meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support.

American Diabetes Association Award


Saint Peter’s University Hospital received an “A” grade in the fall 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing Saint Peter’s achievements protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,700 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

American Diabetes Association Award

Clinical Healthy Work Environment Award – Sigma Theta Tau

The Clinical Healthy Work Environment Award presented by Sigma Theta Tau, an organization that empowers nursing leaders to transform global healthcare, recognizes and honors a clinical facility that demonstrates commitment in promoting a healthy work environment and excellence in healthcare outcomes. Applicants for this prestigious award were evaluated based on the creation of a healthy work environment as demonstrated by new programs with involvement of frontline healthcare workers and sustained programming addressing healthcare workers’ needs, along with evidence of positive patient outcomes.

American Diabetes Association Award

CNOR® Strong

CNOR® Strong designation from the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI) is given to facilities having at least 50% of its operating room (OR) nursing staff CNOR certified and provides programs that reward and recognize its certified nurses. The CNOR® certification program is for perioperative nurses interested in improving and validating their knowledge and skills and providing the highest quality care to their patients. Certification also recognizes a nurse’s commitment to professional development. It is an objective, measurable way of acknowledging the achievement of specialty knowledge beyond basic nursing preparation and RN licensure.

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