Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said it raised its long-term rating and underlying rating to BBB-plus from BBB on bonds issued by the New Jersey Health Care Facilities Financing Authority for Saint Barnabas Corp., doing business as Barnabas Health.

At the same time, Standard & Poor's assigned its BBB-plus rating to $178 million fixed-rate series 2012A bonds and affirmed its AA-plus/A-1 rating on other bonds issued by the authority for the corporation.

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