WEST ORANGE, NJ - Barnabas Health and Robert Wood Johnson Health System have completed the merger of their two health care systems to create New Jersey’s biggest and most comprehensive health system – RWJBarnabas Health.

The merger was formally announced yesterday by executives from both health organizations at corporate offices in West Orange.

The service area of the non-profit health care network will stretch from the urban centers of northern New Jersey to New Brunswick and Somerville in central New Jersey, further south into Mercer County as well as dozens of communities at the Jersey shore.

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RWJBarnabas Health will treat over 3 million patients annually.

Eleven hospitals, including Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital – Somerset are affected by the new partnership, first announced in July, 2015.

The former Somerset Medical Center in Somerville merged with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in June, 2014.

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 combined health systems last year contributed a total of over $550 million in community benefit services. 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.

The system includes eleven 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, RWJUH in New Brunswick and Somerville, RWJUH- Hamilton, RWJUH- Rahway and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston.

The network also includes three acute care children’s hospitals and a leading pediatric rehabilitation hospital (Children’s Specialized Hospital), a freestanding 100-bed behavioral health center, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state’s largest behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, fitness and wellness centers, retail pharmacy services, a medical group, multi-site imaging centers and four accountable care organizations. 

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.

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,” Ostrowsky said.

“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,” he added. “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. 

 “Both Barnabas Health and Robert Wood Johnson Health System have a shared commitment to advancing medical education in our state,” Jones said. “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.”

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,” Ostrowsky said. “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