Press Release

For Immediate Release
Jul 12, 2010
Contact : Robert Cavanaugh  

Jersey Shore University Medical Center Rated Among The Very Best In Cardiac Surgery Results


Neptune, NJ - Cardiac Surgery in New Jersey 2007: A Consumer Report released recently by the New Jersey Department of Health & Senior Services (NJDHSS) shows Jersey Shore University Medical Center continues to provide outstanding cardiac surgery services, building on its exceptional track record in coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery mortality rates.

Jersey Shore had among the lowest risk-adjusted operative mortality rates in the state (risk adjusted takes into account risk factors based on each patient’s documented pre-surgical health condition). Jersey Shore’s rate of 0.92% fell well below the 2% state average. Also, in the 2007 study, Jersey Shore was shown to have the second highest volume in bypass procedures in the state, an important fact since studies show that hospitals with higher volumes and more experience produce better results.

“Our continued outstanding survival results are a reflection of the first rate expertise, professionalism, and collaboration of the entire team at Jersey Shore and throughout the Meridian CardioVascular Network,” says Richard Neibart, M.D., chief of cardiac surgery. “I am very proud of the outstanding care provided by our physicians, Magnet award-winning nurses, dedicated technicians and professionals. Every day we set our goals higher, ensuring that our patients and our communities have access to the very best heart care, right here at Jersey Shore.”

The State’s Cardiac Surgery Report Card examines cardiac surgery data from among the 18 hospitals in the state that performed open-heart surgery in 2007. The state department’s report summarizes the results of an analysis comparing the mortality or death rates of patients for the hospitals and physicians performing bypass surgery. The report is available on the department’s web site,

“I am proud of the leadership role Jersey Shore has played in setting the bar high for the state,” says Dr. Neibart. “There can be no better outcome than when all New Jersey hospitals performing cardiac surgery are producing such phenomenal outcomes. The release of these statistics continue to provide the public with more evidence that they do not need to travel to New York or Philadelphia for the very best in cardiac care – the best is right here in New Jersey.”

The cardiac surgery program at Jersey Shore, in existence since 1990, performs heart valve replacement, heart valve repair, and aortic surgery in addition to bypass surgery. As the only hospital in Monmouth and Ocean counties licensed to perform open-heart surgery, Jersey Shore performs nearly 900 open-heart procedures annually.

The program’s high ranking in the report reflects the consistent quality of the cardiac surgeons who have been practicing together at Jersey Shore for the past twelve years. Each cardiac surgeon — Richard Neibart, M.D., Brook DeJene, M.D., Drew Greeley, M.D., and David Johnson, M.D — has performed more than 2,000 CABGs during their tenure at Jersey Shore.

Jersey Shore is the region’s only university-level academic medical center, and home to the most comprehensive cardiovascular program in the region, with specialty centers for heart surgery, heart rhythm, congestive heart failure, stroke rescue, as well as one of the largest and most experienced cardiac catheterization labs in the state.

Jersey Shore University Medical Center is a member of Meridian Health, which includes Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Southern Ocean County Hospital in Manahawkin, and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune.

Through the Meridian CardioVascular Network, Jersey Shore is seamlessly connected to other Meridian hospitals and services, and over 1,700 of the region’s leading physicians. From laboratories and imaging centers to acute rehabilitation and at home services, the Meridian CardioVascular Network offers everything to diagnose, treat, and mend virtually all heart and vascular conditions. For more information on the Meridian CardioVascular Network, please visit