Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
New Brunswick • Somerset

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Somerset Medical Center Complete Merger

June 2, 2014
Somerville, N.J. (June 1, 2014) – Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) and Somerset Medical Center officially completed their merger, creating a 965-bed hospital with campuses in New Brunswick and Somerville. As of today, Somerset Medical Center will operate as Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset.

“For more than a century, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital has been committed to improving the health of Central New Jersey. Our expansion into Somerset County will provide direct access to the highest quality medical services and a wider array of health care opportunities, allowing us to better serve our communities and neighbors,” said Stephen K. Jones, FACHE, President and CEO of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Robert Wood Johnson Health System.  “While we’ve expanded, our mission remains the same - to improve the health and well-being of the patients and communities we serve.”

Moving forward as one, unified organization, RWJUH’s campuses in New Brunswick and Somerville will provide greater access to superior care provided by top-ranked physicians and nurses. Existing inpatient and outpatient services will be expanded, vital community programs will be maintained and the quality, availability, and accessibility of health care services within the communities Robert Wood Johnson University serves will be strengthened. Specifically cardiology, orthopedics, neurology, cancer and surgical services will be enhanced at RWJUH Somerset, offering the community advanced care close to home. The alliance affords patients increased access to enhanced health care services and specialists not available at community hospitals including trauma care, cardiac surgery services, organ transplants and neonatal care for premature babies with serious health issues.

“Our organizations have had long-standing partnerships in many areas of clinical care and share many of the same physicians,” said Paul V. Stahlin, former Chairman of Somerset Medical Center’s Board of Trustees who will now serve on the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Robert Wood Johnson Health System Boards along with Steve Kalafer, chairman of the Somerset Health Care Foundation Board of Trustees. “Throughout the merger process we have worked together to ensure a seamless transition for our patients and staff and have implemented shared best practices at both campuses. This alliance enables us to offer expanded access to high-quality medical care close to home and strengthens our ability to serve our community for generations to come.”

The Steeplechase Cancer Center will operate under its existing name but will offer patients increased access to highly-trained specialists and clinical trials to improve cancer care and outcomes through a strengthened partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (Rutgers-CINJ). RWJUH is the flagship Cancer Hospital of Rutgers CINJ.

Somerset Medical Center Foundation is not part of the merger. The Foundation will function independently under the new name of Somerset Health Care Foundation and continue in its mission of raising funds that will stay in the community. As a sign of its commitment to enhancing the Somerville facility, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital has pledged to help the Foundation by awarding a gift of $1 million per year for three years.

“We appreciate the support that we have received from the community, our highly skilled medical staff members, and our dedicated employees and are confident that we have created one, unified organization that will serve as an incredible resource for our region offering comprehensive health care services to our community,” added Jones. “We look forward to continuing to be a trusted partner in care for all central New Jersey’s medical needs and providing each individual with the highest level of care available.”

Patients may continue to see their existing doctor post-merger. For more information on the completed merger and services available please visit www.rwjuh.edu.

About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital New Brunswick is a 610-bed academic medical center which is the flagship Cancer Hospital of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the principal hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ. Robert Wood Johnson is an innovative leader in advancing state-of-the-art care. Its Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation, cancer care, and women’s and children’s care including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (www.bmsch.org). The hospital is also a Level 1 Trauma Center and serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness. The hospital has earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety. RWJUH has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report six times and has been selected by the publication as a high performing hospital in several specialties. The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital has also ranked among the nation’s Best Children’s Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for two consecutive years. The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer has rated RWJUH among the nation’s best comprehensive cancer centers and the hospital’s Comprehensive Stroke Center is certified by the Joint Commission to provide complex stroke care. The Leapfrog Group rated RWJUH as one of the 50 exceptional U.S. hospitals, as published in Consumers Digest magazine, and has given the hospital an “A” grade for safety and quality. Harvard University researchers, in a study commissioned by The Commonwealth Fund, identified RWJUH as one of the top 10 hospitals in the nation for clinical quality. RWJUH is also a four-time recipient of the prestigious Magnet Award for Nursing Excellence.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset is a 355-bed acute care facility in Somerville, NJ.  Part of the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital system, the facility provides comprehensive health care services to residents throughout Central New Jersey. It is nationally recognized as a Magnet® hospital for nursing excellence. Its Steeplechase Cancer Center is designated as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer – a distinction achieved by only one in four hospitals nationwide that treat cancer patients. The Joint Surgery Institute 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. The medical center is designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. It is one of nine Medical Coordination Centers established by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services to coordinate communication among emergency responders during a disaster situation.

Visit us online at www.rwjuh.edu.