HACKENSACK, N.J. — Englewood Health will merge with Hackensack Meridian Health to form a medical powerhouse offering top-tier, cost-effective care and abundant services, according to Robert C. Garrett, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health.  

The Board of Trustees for both hospitals signed an agreement to merge on October 15. The contract will undergo a rigorous review by the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General in addition to the New Jersey Department of Health and the Federal Trade Commission before it is finalized. As part of the contract, Hackensack Meridian Health will commit a $400 million capital investment in Englewood Health to further position the 129-year-old hospital as a tertiary hub in the bedroom community of New York City, focusing on cardiovascular care, oncology, robotic surgery, neurosciences, women’s health and neonatal intensive care, stroke care, thoracic surgery and an ambulatory care network.

Gordan Litwin, Esq., chair of the Hackensack Meridian Health Board of Trustees, called the juncture an “exciting time for health care in New Jersey and beyond.”

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“We welcome Englewood Health with open arms,” said Litwin in a press release from Englewood Health, which has been among the top 10 percent of hospitals in the nation to earn the 2019 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award. “Hackensack Meridian Health is leading the way in advancing the delivery of health care through groundbreaking partnerships and innovation — truly redesigning how care is delivered.”

Thomas C. Senter, Esq., chairman of the Board of Trustees at Englewood Health, agreed. He said joining Hackensack Meridian Health will help the two not-for-profit health care systems achieve “greater access to care” in northern New Jersey and throughout the Garden State.

“Over the past decade, there have been significant investments in our facilities and technology from which our patients are benefiting, and we intend to invest in further advancements,” Warren Geller, president and CEO of Englewood Health. “Joining Hackensack Meridian Health will ensure our ability to deliver world-class care to the communities we serve in a broader way, with greater resources and more cutting-edge technologies available to us.”

Hackensack Meridian Health, which has 35,000 team members and 7,000 physicians, is a leader in health care philanthropy. On May 4, 2012, the Audrey Hepburn Children's House, which is part of the Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital at Hackensack Meridian Health, celebrated 10 years in operation with a special visit from Actress Natalie Portman who is the house's honorary godmother. The Audrey Hepburn Children's House is designated by the state of New Jersey as the Northern Regional Diagnostic Center for child abuse and neglect. It is named for Hepburn, who dedicated the last five years of her life as an ambassador to the United Nations UNICEF fund, for which she helped poverty-stricken children in parts of Latin America and Africa. During Portman's tour of the facility with Sean Ferrer seven years ago, she called the event a "celebration" of Hepburn's life, "and all of the values that she established and being acted out here every day."