Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, N.J., and Somerset Medical Center, Somerville, N.J., recently marked the official signing of their merger agreement at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.
The agreement has been submitted to the New Jersey Attorney Generals Office for review and is expected to be finalized in 2014, creating a 965-bed hospital with campuses in New Brunswick and Somerville.
We are excited to move forward with this historic merger agreement which will offer the central New Jersey community expanded access to high-quality medical care close to home, Stephen K. Jones, FACHE, president and CEO of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Robert Wood Johnson Health System, said in a news release.
The merged hospital will be one of the largest acute care facilities in New Jersey, strengthening our ability to serve our community for generations to come, Kenneth Bateman, president and CEO of Somerset Medical Center, said in the release.
The hospitals have formed transition teams to begin planning for merging the two organizations.
Because our organizations have had long-standing partnerships in many areas of clinical care and share many of the same physicians, we anticipate a smooth transition process, John R. Lumpkin, MD, MPH, chairman of the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospitals board of directors, said in the release.
Throughout the merger process, the needs of our patients and our community will always be first and foremost in guiding the formation of our new entity, said Paul V. Stahlin, chairman of Somerset Medical Centers board of trustees.