Newsweek Names CARES Surgicenter at Saint Peter’s Healthcare System #1 Ambulatory Surgery Center in New Jersey

February 24, 2022

Newsweek Names CARES Surgicenter at Saint Peter’s Healthcare System #1 Ambulatory Surgery Center in New Jersey
New Brunswick, N.J. – February 24, 2021 – Saint Peter’s Healthcare System is proud to announce that its CARES Surgicenter has been named “Best Ambulatory Surgery Center in New Jersey” by Newsweek magazine. The Best Ambulatory Surgery Centers 2022 highlights the nation’s top ambulatory surgery centers based on quality of care, performance data, and peer recommendations relative to in-state competition. Ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) have become an important part of American medicine and offer patients the ability to have specific surgical procedures performed on an outpatient basis, meaning they usually don't require hospitalization. The benefits of ASCs are that they allow patients to return home quickly, often the same day, while also reducing medical costs to patients, as well as hospitals and healthcare systems. Currently there are over 5,000 Medicare certified ambulatory surgical centers around the country.
“Saint Peter’s CARES Surgicenter has long set the standard for ambulatory surgery centers in the region and we are humbled to now be recognized as one of the nation’s best and tops in New Jersey,” said Kevin Nini, MD, surgeon and chairman of the CARES Surgicenter board. “On a daily basis, our physicians and staff strive to meet the highest standards in patient safety, comfort and overall experience and this recognition is proof that they not only meet but exceed industry standards.”
According to Newsweek, the goal of its rankings is to assist readers in making informed decisions when seeking care for themselves and their loved ones. This year’s list of top ASCs spotlights 470 facilities in the 25 U.S. states with the most ambulatory surgery centers. Saint Peter’s CARES Surgicenter received the #1 ranking when evaluated in comparison to 27 other ASCs in New Jersey. Working with data research firm Statista, Newsweek analyzed individual centers’ performance data. As part of the research, they conducted a survey of experts, asking nurses, therapists, physicians and surgeons, and administrators in ASCs for the best surgery centers in their state or a state they were familiar with. Participants were also invited to assess how well the ASC in question handled the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis. The 2022 rankings included Ambulatory Surgery Centers operating exclusively for the purpose of providing surgical services to patients not requiring hospitalization and in which the expected duration of services would not exceed 24 hours following an admission. Expert surveys accounted for 67% of a facility’s overall score, with 33% based on quality of procedural outcomes.
“I am extremely proud of the entire staff at our CARES Surgicenter for having reached the distinction as ‘best in the state’,” said Leslie D. Hirsch, FACHE, president and CEO of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System. “Our state-of-the-art facility serves patients with the highest standard of care in a comfortable and professional atmosphere dedicated to meeting a variety of healthcare needs. Saint Peter’s is continually cited for superior patient satisfaction and this recognition further validates that the patient care we provide at our ambulatory surgery center meets these same standards of excellence.”
In addition to a survey of in-state experts, experts from all over the US were able to participate in the survey of the Best Ambulatory Surgery Centers in the U.S. on All data was collected by Newsweek and Statista during the survey period from July to September 2021. Self-recommendation was not possible (e.g. a recommendation of the ambulatory surgery centers someone worked for was not counted in the evaluation).

Participants could recommend up to five ambulatory surgery centers and were asked to rank quality, differentiating among the following variables: 
  • Management in times of the COVID-19 crisis (e.g. safety of residents, hygiene measures) 
  • Management of waiting time (e.g. appointments) 
  • Quality of surgery preparations (e.g. consultation with doctor, information) 
  • Quality of surgical care (e.g. procedure)
  • Quality of follow-up care (e.g. physical therapies)
To view the entire list of rankings on the Newsweek website HERE.
The CARES Surgicenter is located at 240 Easton Avenue, across from The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital. For more information, please call 732-565-5400.
About the CARES Surgicenter
The CARES Surgicenter, part of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, provides high-quality outpatient (ambulatory) surgical services for children and adults in a state-of-the-art environment. Newsweek named the Saint Peter’s CARES Surgicenter one of America's Best Ambulatory Surgery Centers for 2022. Surgical specialties offered in the CARES Surgicenter include but are not limited to: breast surgery, colorectal surgery, gastroenterology, general surgery, gynecologic surgery, ophthalmologic surgery, orthopedic surgery, otolaryngology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, podiatric surgery, urologic surgery. Visit or call 732-565-5400.

About Saint Peter’s Healthcare System
Saint Peter’s Healthcare System Inc., parent company of the Saint Peter’s healthcare delivery system, is comprised of Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a 478-bed acute-care teaching hospital and state-designated children’s hospital and regional perinatal center that includes a nationally renowned Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; Saint Peter’s Foundation, the fundraising arm of the hospital; Saint Peter’s Health and Management Services Corp., which oversees outpatient facilities, including the CARES Surgicenter; and Saint Peter’s Physician Associates, a network of primary and specialty care physician practices. Saint Peter’s is a regional specialist in cancer care, diabetes, geriatrics, orthopedics, bariatric surgery and head and neck surgery and is a sponsor of residency programs in obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, and internal medicine. Saint Peter’s is sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen and is a major clinical affiliate of Rutgers Biomedical Health and Sciences. Visit or call 732-745-8600.

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Subscribe to the Saint Peter's Better Health newsletter and receive the latest health news, community events, recipes, and more.

Support Saint Peter’s

Your gift of any size directly impacts the patients who are cared for at Saint Peter's. Donate TodayLearn More