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30 minutes

March 14, 2016

The average wait time in a New Jersey hospital emergency room is 30 minutes, six minutes longer than it is nationally, according to a study by ProPublica, a national nonprofit investigative website. In New Jersey, the wait times ranged from 96 minutes at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center to 14 minutes at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden and St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston.

New Jersey was also behind the national average in terms of time before discharge (135 minutes nationally vs. 150 minutes in New Jersey), as well as time it took to get pain medications for a broken bone (54 minutes vs. 57 minutes in New Jersey).

New Jersey performed worst when it came to the time between being admitted by emergency personnel and getting a bed in the hospital (96 minutes nationally vs. 146 minutes for New Jersey). Newark Beth Israel Medical Center performed the worst in the state by every measure, but was particularly poor when it came to getting transferred to a hospital bed. That took an average of 715 minutes -- nearly 12 hours.

For a complete ranking of New Jersey hospitals and to see how we compare against other states, see ProPublica’s ER Wait Watcher.

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