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Health systems sign merger agreement, will become RWJ Barnabas Health

Barnabas Health and Robert Wood Johnson Health System signed a definitive agreement June 14 that outlined a merger between the New Jersey-based health systems. Once complete, the transaction will create New Jersey’s largest healthcare system, according to a news release, to be known as RWJ Barnabas Health.
The agreement will be submitted to the New Jersey attorney general for review, with the expectation that the merger will be completed in 2016, according to the release.
By next year, RWJ Barnabas Health annually will represent operating revenues of more than $4.5 billion, 260,000 inpatient admissions, 2 million outpatient visits, nearly 700,000 ED visits, 23,000 births and nearly 30,000 employees. The new system will be composed of 11 acute care hospitals, three children’s hospitals, a pediatric rehabilitation hospital, a behavioral health center, ambulatory care centers, and five fitness and wellness centers, according to the release.
The new system’s geographic footprint will span Hudson, Essex, Union, Middlesex, Mercer, Somerset, Monmouth and Ocean counties.
“The new health system will comprise effectively every clinical service from primary to quaternary and greatly strengthen our commitment to medical education and research,” Barry H. Ostrowsky, president and CEO of Barnabas Health, said in the release. “The merger also will provide a large enough geography to be appropriate for the migration to population health management.”
Transition teams have been formed to begin planning for combining the systems, according to the release.
Barnabas Health includes seven acute care hospitals – Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Community Medical Center in Toms River, Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston.
Robert Wood Johnson Health System includes four acute care hospitals: RWJUH in New Brunswick and Somerville; RWJUH-Hamilton and RWJUH-Rahway and Children’s Specialized Hospital, Hamilton Township, N.J.

By | 2015-07-17T15:51:03-04:00 July 17th, 2015|Categories: New York/New Jersey Metro|0 Comments

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