LIVINGSTON, NJ- Barnabas Health and Jersey City Medical Center signed a definitive agreement on the morning of May 16 for Jersey City Medical Center to become a member of the Barnabas Health system. 

Despite the agreement between the organizations, the addition of Jersey City Medical Center (JCMC) to Barnabas Health (BH) still requires approvals from state and federal authorities. It is anticipated that this transaction will be completed by fall 2013. In the interim, JCMC and BH state that they will continue to serve their patients with high quality health care delivered with a patient-centered focus. Both entities add that they will explore new avenues to share programs and services.  

Joseph F. Scott, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of Jersey City Medical Center said that the agreement with Barnabas Health will help to better serve the healthcare needs of the community.

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“The rapidly changing healthcare landscape presents new challenges and opportunities in healthcare. For several years, Jersey City Medical Center has had a relationship with many of the hospitals in the Barnabas Health system. Becoming part of Barnabas Health will give our hospital an opportunity to continue to grow our services and better serve the healthcare needs of this quickly growing community.”

Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer of Barnabas Health added similar sentiments about the soon to be conjoined entities.

“Jersey City Medical Center is an important addition to the Barnabas Health system. [JCMC] is an outstanding facility and expands our breadth and strength in the north beyond Essex County to Hudson County, bordering on the Hudson River. We look forward to welcoming JCMC’s physicians, employees, and volunteers as colleagues in providing exceptional health care services to the residents of New Jersey.”        

Barnabas Health is the largest not-for-profit integrated healthcare delivery systems in New Jersey and one of the largest health care delivery systems in the nation. Barnabas Health cares for more than two million patient visits and delivers 17,600 babies annually.  Their system includes six acute-care hospitals, two children’s hospitals, a free-standing behavioral health center, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, comprehensive homecare and hospice programs, as well as the state’s largest behavioral health network.  Among their nationally recognized services are burn treatment, adult and pediatric cardiac surgery, heart, lung, kidney and pancreas transplants, neurology and neurosurgery, reproductive medicine and science, geriatrics, oncology, pediatrics, neonatology (three Level III NICUs), and women’s services.

Jersey City Medical Center is a not-for-profit modern 316-bed teaching hospital and a part of Liberty Health. JCMC is the largest provider of healthcare services in Hudson County, with over 18,000 admissions and 80,000 ER visits per year. The Hospital contains a regional trauma center, a state-designated stroke center, the regional comprehensive cardiac center, the perinatal intensive care center, and the regional level 3 neonatal intensive care unit for the most critically ill newborns.  Additionally, the hospital is the provider of Advanced Life Support for Hudson County, provides 911 Medical Call Screening for Hudson County, and operates one of the state’s busiest EMS systems. Jersey City Medical Center is also a major provider of behavioral health services, including 24/7 psychiatric emergency and crisis screening programs.   

Both Barnabas Health and Jersey City Medical Center have been recognized with numerous awards. Five of Barnabas Health hospitals have received “A’s,” and one received ‘B’ for Hospital Safety in 2013 by Leapfrog, a nationally recognized rating organization. U.S. News & World Report named Barnabas Health hospitals and medical specialties as top hospital in the region. Also, Becker’s Hospital Review named Barnabas Health as one of the “Top 100 Places to Work in Healthcare in the United States.” 

JCMC has been recognized as a Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence, a top performer in quality and safety by the Joint Commission, and as a “top hospital” for its size for two consecutive years by Castle Connelly. JAMC has also received three consecutive “A” ratings for safety by the Leapfrog Group, and recognition by U.S. News and World Report as a top regional hospital.  Furthermore, in the past two years both Modern Healthcare Magazine and Becker’s Hospital Review chose Jersey City Medical Center as one of the “Top 100 Places to Work in Healthcare in the United States.

For more information about Bamabas Health, log on to the web site at www.barnabashealth.org.  For physician referral, call 888-724-7123. Additional information about Jersey City Medical Center can be found at www.libertyhealth.org.  For physician referral, call 855-JCMC-DOCS.