The trauma center at RWJUH is one of only three New Jersey State-Designated Level I Trauma Centers. It is certified by the American College of Surgeons and serves as the regional trauma center for central New Jersey. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital is the primary Emergency Medical Services (EMS) provider for the city of New Brunswick and its Mobile Intensive Care Units provide advanced life support to a large portion of Middlesex County. The hospital operates its own regional emergency medical dispatch center (MED CENTRAL) and Specialty Care Transport Unit and is the central base of the New Jersey EMS Task Force (NJEMSTF).
It opened in 1885 as "New Brunswick City Hospital". In 1888, the directors raised $3,000 to purchase land for the "John Wells Memorial Hospital". In 1916 the name was changed to "Middlesex General Hospital", and in 1986 it was changed to "Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital".
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital has ranked among U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Hospitals" for five consecutive years. The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer has rated RWJUH among the nation's best comprehensive cancer centers. The Leapfrog Group rated RWJUH as one of the 50 exceptional U.S. hospitals, as published in Consumers Digest magazine. Harvard University researchers, in a study commissioned by The Commonwealth Fund, identified RWJUH as one of the top 10 hospitals in the nation for clinical quality. RWJUH is also a recipient of the prestigious Magnet Award for Nursing Excellence for more than 10 consecutive years. In 2009, for the third year in a row, it was awarded a top ranking for Cardiothoracic Surgery, Oncology And Respiratory Disorders.
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^"History". Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Retrieved 2011-09-28. "In January 1986, the President of the University announced that effective July 1, 1986, the UMDNJ-Rutgers Medical School in Piscataway and Middlesex General University Hospital in New Brunswick would be renamed UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital."