ELIZABETH, NJ - Talks of a possible merger between Trinitas Regional Medical Center and the Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health System have emerged this week.
While there had been no formal announcement of a deal being reached by Trinitas, some employees have been notified of the talks.
In a letter sent out by Trinitas CEO Gary S. Horan this week, he told employees the hospital is looking to see if there might be a match that will benefit both institutions and more importantly, raise the bar of healthcare for the community and expand growth opportunities for their employees.
Horan said that nothing has been decided, “We do not know at this point what level of affiliation we will arrive at if any, but we should have a good idea if this concept makes sense shortly. The healthcare landscape is changing and we owe it to those who depend on us to explore all options.”
Horan also noted, “ The current healthcare environment in New Jersey is especially hard on independent hospitals. Negotiating favorable rates with insurers, purchasing power for goods and services, ability to attract qualified personnel - these are all things that favor the large systems. In light of these factors, I would not be doing my duty as CEO if I did not at least explore the possibility of an affiliation with an established system.”
Mergers and affiliations are not new to Trinitas. In 1990 Elizabeth General acquired Alexian Brothers Hospital, and again in 2000 when St. Elizabeth Hospital and Elizabeth General merged to form Trinitas.