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Barnabas Health, Robert Wood Johnson Health System Complete Merger; Combine to Form Most Comprehensive Health System In New Jersey – RWJBarnabas Health

March 31, 2016

WEST ORANGE, N.J. —  Barnabas Health and Robert Wood Johnson Health System announced today the completion of the merger of their two health systems to form the most comprehensive health system in the state of New Jersey – RWJBarnabas Health. The partnership creates a new organization that will reach approximately 5 million people - more than half of the state’s population - and that will advance the health of the region.

As one health system, RWJBarnabas Health will:
• Improve the overall health of our populations;
• Continuously advance the quality of care we provide;
• Collaborate with physicians for a closely coordinated continuum of care;
• Contribute to local, regional and state economies by remaining a major employer in our communities;
• Focus on the well-being of the diverse communities we serve with a commitment to high quality, culturally competent care; and
• Foster and support a mission of academic excellence, including a commitment to research and medical education.

Barnabas Health President and Chief Executive Officer Barry H. Ostrowsky becomes RWJBarnabas Health’s President and Chief Executive Officer, with former Robert Wood Johnson Health System and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer Stephen K. Jones serving as Chief Academic Officer in the Office of the President.

“Barnabas Health and Robert Wood Johnson Health System share many attributes – depth of quality clinical services, skilled and dedicated clinicians, a legacy of teaching, a commitment to partnering with the diverse communities we serve, a responsibility as major contributors to our economy and so much more,” said Mr. Ostrowsky. “By joining together, we have created the most comprehensive health system in the state, which will enable us to effect the kind of change in the health of our communities that our two separate systems could not do alone. Our partnership also means a greater level of diversity in every respect - diversity in thought, clinical care delivery and workforce – a true reflection of New Jersey and of the people we serve.”

The new system will train more than 1,000 residents and interns annually and embrace the mission of academic medicine, which includes quality clinical care, joined with groundbreaking research and a commitment to medical education. Through coordination of existing academic and teaching medical centers and numerous community hospitals, RWJBarnabas Health will continue to attract and retain the finest health care professionals and physicians, and be better prepared to strengthen the health of our state’s diverse populations. 

“Both Barnabas Health and Robert Wood Johnson Health System have a shared commitment to advancing medical education in our state,” said Mr. Jones. “As evidenced by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital’s 40-year partnership with Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and the proven teaching programs sponsored by Barnabas Health medical centers, our respective health systems have served as the training ground for thousands of medical professionals. As RWJBarnabas Health, our commitment to education and research will be strengthened.”

RWJBarnabas Health becomes New Jersey’s second largest private employer – with more than 32,000 employees, 9,000 physicians, and 1,000 residents and interns. The health systems contributed a combined total of over $550 million in community benefit services annually. These investments support charity care, food pantries, community gardens, patient education, outreach and engagement programs and programs with schools and religious groups to keep people healthy and promote wellness. Together, RWJBarnabas Health will be able to accomplish even more for the communities it serves.

Under the terms of the agreement, the two health systems have implemented a member substitution, creating a new organization based in West Orange. This approach is common for combinations of two large, not-for-profit organizations, and it creates RWJBarnabas Health, Inc., which will lead the combined health system. RWJBarnabas Health is being led by a single board of trustees and a single leadership team composed of executives from both organizations. The new board includes equal board representation from Barnabas Health and Robert Wood Johnson Health System, as well as the CEOs of both organizations.

“By working together, we know we can combat disease and promote wellness in our region—truly making our communities healthier,” said Mr. Ostrowsky. “We will be working every day – with your help – to ensure that our vision becomes New Jersey’s reality.”

For more information, visit www.rwjbhinfo.org


About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is a 965-bed academic medical center with campuses in New Brunswick and Somerville, NJ.  Its Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation, cancer care, stroke care, neuroscience, joint replacement, and women’s and children’s care including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (www.bmsch.org). 

As the flagship Cancer Hospital of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the principal teaching hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, RWJUH is an innovative leader in advancing state-of-the-art care. A Level 1 Trauma Center and the first Pediatric Trauma Center in the state, RWJUH’s New Brunswick campus serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness.

RWJUH has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report seven times and has been selected by the publication as a high performing hospital in numerous specialties.  The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report three times. In addition, RWJUH was named among the best places to work in health care by Modern Healthcare magazine and received the Equity Care of Award as Top Hospital for Healthcare Diversity and Inclusion from the American Hospital Association.

Both the New Brunswick and Somerset campuses have earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety, including the prestigious Magnet® Award for Nursing Excellence and “Most Wired” designation by Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine. The Joint Commission and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services have designated the New Brunswick Campus as a Comprehensive Stroke Center and the Somerset Campus as a Primary Stroke Center.

The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer has rated RWJUH New Brunswick among the nation’s best comprehensive cancer centers and designated the Steeplechase Cancer Center at RWJ Somerset as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center.  The Joint Surgery Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for total knee and total hip replacement surgery.