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President’s Letter

MAG-NJHA-CoverIn a recent series, business writer Karin Price Mueller examined the high costs of living and retiring in New Jersey. But the series also asked the question, “Why do we stay?”

The answer included top-notch schools, great culture and entertainment and world-class hospitals and healthcare.

“New Jersey boasts some of the best hospitals and medical professionals in the country,” the series noted.

New Jersey is home to 72 acute care hospitals, along with specialty hospitals in rehabilitation and behavioral health, plus a full spectrum of nursing homes, assisted living residences, home health providers, hospice and other healthcare providers. The depth and breadth of services available in those facilities are unmatched – world-class cancer care, transplant services, surgical specialties, trauma centers and a full range of additional services.

If you’re a Jersey resident, you don’t need to use a bridge or tunnel to receive some of the nation’s best healthcare. New Jersey hospitals recently were ranked fourth best in the nation in The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score and, as the news series noted, the state ranks 11th nationally in overall health in a study by the United Health Foundation.

But in addition to healthcare services, our hospitals also are key contributors to New Jersey’s fiscal health. Our hospitals pump more than $20 billion annually into the state economy and provide 144,000 jobs.

As one who has spent her career in healthcare, I couldn’t be more proud of New Jersey’s healthcare delivery system. And as a lifelong resident who is now raising her own family in New Jersey, I couldn’t be more grateful.






Elizabeth “Betsy” Ryan, Esq.
President and CEO
New Jersey Hospital Association


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