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. 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 time respectively, and we congratulate our Cardiac Progressive Care Unit for becoming a recipient for the second consecutive time. In 2022, Saint Peter’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit received its first Beacon Award.

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

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

Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke GoldPlus

Saint Peter’s University Hospital has received the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke GoldPlus quality achievement award for its commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines, ultimately leading to more lives saved and reduced disability.

Women's Choice Award

Women's Choice Award

The Women’s Choice Award sets the standard for helping women make smarter choices by collectively identifying the brands, products, and services that deliver a customer experience worthy of 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 2024 Women’s Choice Awards for Breast Care, Cancer Care, Mammogram Imaging, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Obstetrics, Stroke Care, and Women’s Services.

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.


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.

US News High Performing Hospitals

U.S. News & World Report

Saint Peter's University Hospital has been recognized as a High Performing Hospital for 2023-24 by U.S. News & World Report. Saint Peter's earned "High Performing" ratings in Diabetes; Hip Fracture; Kidney Failure; and Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma in recognition of care that was significantly better than the national average, as measured by factors such as patient outcomes. "High Performing" is the highest rating U.S. News awards for those types of care.

Newsweek award

Newsweek - America’s Best Maternity Hospitals

Saint Peter’s University Hospital has been named to Newsweek’s list of America’s Best Maternity Hospitals 2023, a prestigious award presented by Newsweek and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider. This is the second consecutive year Saint Peter’s has been named to Newsweek’s list of America’s Best Maternity Hospitals.

Newsweek award

Newsweek - America’s Best Ambulatory Surgery Centers

The CARES Surgicenter at Saint Peter’s Healthcare System has been named to Newsweek’s list of America’s Best Ambulatory Surgery Centers 2024, making this the third consecutive year the CARES Surgicenter has received this national recognition.

Newsweek award

Newsweek – Best-in-State

Saint Peter’s University Hospital has been named to Newsweek’s inaugural list of America’s Best-In-State Hospitals 2024, a ranking created to identify the top hospitals at the state level. Saint Peter’s is one of only nine New Jersey hospitals to be named to this prestigious list.

Stroke award

Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission Report

Saint Peter’s University Hospital achieved certification as an advanced primary stroke center from The Joint Commission, demonstrating that the hospital has consistently met quality metrics and provided some of the best evidence-based care for its stroke patients. An advanced primary stroke center is the first line of defense in diagnosing and treating stroke and preventing or minimizing permanent brain damage to the patient.

Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS)

Verified Level IV Maternal Care Facility by The Joint Commission

The Joint Commission's Maternal Levels of Care (MLC) Verification program, offered in collaboration with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), has named Saint Peter's University Hospital as a Level IV maternal care verified facility. Saint Peter's is the first in New Jersey and the second in the country to receive this new prestigious designation - and the highest level to be achieved - from The Joint Commission. Saint Peter's is equipped to deliver all levels of care from low-risk pregnancies to the most complicated cases through its midwifery, obstetrical, maternal-fetal medicine, and neonatology services.

Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award

Saint Peter's University Hospital is five-star rated for patient safety by Healthgrades, the leading marketplace connecting doctors and patients. This five-star rating reflects Saint Peter's dedication to delivering better-than-expected clinical outcomes for patient safety and distinguishes Saint Peter's as one of the nation's leading hospitals for specialty care.

Lantern award

Emergency Nurses Association Lantern Award

The Dorothy B. Hersh Pediatric Emergency Department at The Children's Hospital at Saint Peter's University Hospital has earned the prestigious Lantern Award from the national Emergency Nurses Association (ENA). The Lantern Award is the only award dedicated to showcasing emergency departments for their outstanding work.

Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS)

Accreditation from the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society

The Wound Care Center® and Hyperbaric Services Saint Peter's University Hospital has received reaccreditation from the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS). UHMS accreditation means Saint Peter's has met or exceeded the highest standards of care and patient safety through rigorous evaluation of our operations, including equipment, staff and training to ensure that the utmost quality is maintained within the specialty of undersea and hyperbaric medicine. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to treat specialized conditions and involves the use of medical oxygen administered in a pressure chamber at levels higher than atmospheric pressure.


The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), has awarded Saint Peter’s University Hospital a Level 7 achievement for ambulatory care and a Level 6 achievement for acute care in its Digital Health Most Wired Survey 2023. Of the more than 55,000 facilities represented, Saint Peter’s ranked above its peers in categories like analytics and data management, population health, infrastructure, and patient engagement. The survey assessed the adoption, integration, and impact of technologies in healthcare organizations at all stages of development, from early development to industry leading.


Saint Peter’s University Hospital earned an “A” Hospital Safety Grade for spring 2024 from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit watchdog. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program focused exclusively on preventable medical errors, infections and injuries. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually.

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