Q&A

We know changes like this raise questions. While we do not have all the answers, we are committed to being transparent and sharing as much information as we can. We will continue to keep our employees, physicians and communities updated through ongoing communications and through this site.

Why are Barnabas and RWJ partnering?
Barnabas Health and Robert Wood Johnson Health System share many attributes – depth of quality clinical services, qualified and dedicated clinicians, a legacy of teaching, and a responsibility as critical contributors to our econony, just to name a few. Uniting as one allows us to leverage our individual strengths to work collectively to combat disease and promote wellness in our region—truly making our communities healthier.

How will you make our communities healthier?

Together as the state’s most comprehensive health system, RWJBarnabas Health is a stronger organization and better positioned to achieve our vision of improving the health of the populations we serve throughout New Jersey. By integrating our systems, we have created a statewide network spanning the core of New Jersey and covering about 5 million residents. This provides tremendous opportunity to reach more than half the state’s population with high-quality, culturally competent, coordinated care.

What are the terms of the deal? Is Barnabas acquiring RWJ? Is RWJ acquiring Barnabas?

Neither organization is being acquired. We come together as equals. Under the terms of our agreement, we have implemented what is called a member substitution. This structure created a new organization, RWJBarnabas Health, Inc., which leads our new, combined health system.

What does this mean for patients?

We are committed to providing greater, more convenient access to high-quality care by building upon our already strong network of physicians, outpatient centers and hospitals throughout New Jersey. Specifically, patients will benefit in a number of ways:

  • Patient care will be more coordinated and each will benefit from our commitment to the development of the most advanced services, as well as expanded access to cutting-edge clinical trials.
  • We will improve outcomes for our diverse patient populations by combining the expertise of primary care physicians and medical specialists and adopting the best practices of both organizations.
  • We will further our ability to attract, retain and train the very best national and international health care experts.

What does this mean for employees?

For employees, this is an exciting opportunity to learn from a broader base of peers and to be actively involved in the formation of a new organization RWJBarnabas Health. It provides opportunities over time for advancement and diversification. We will continue our focus on attracting, developing and retaining a highly talented, diverse workforce, so employees will be proud to be part of one of the nation’s premier health systems.

What does this mean for physicians?

Rooted in academic medicine, RWJBarnabas Health will benefit from the continued expertise of and collaborations between both faculty and private physicians in the community.

For our physicians, this will provide an opportunity to learn from an expanded network of colleagues that includes world-class specialists from all our affiliated institutions. Together, we are one of the nation’s premier integrated health systems with the ability to attract, retain and train the very best.

What does this mean for the community?

RWJBarnabas Health is an even stronger partner for the community than our individual health systems were alone. As we always have, we will continue to focus on serving patients of all backgrounds through a commitment to high-quality, culturally competent care. Annually, our systems contribute a combined total of over $550 million in community benefit services. These investments go toward food pantries, community gardens, outreach and engagement programs, programs with schools and religious groups to keep people healthy and promote wellness.

We are also a vital economic partner for the communities we serve and the entire state. RWJBarnabas Health is New Jersey’s second largest private employer—with more than 32,000 employees, 9,000 physicians and 1,000 residents and interns. We are responsible for more than $1.9 billion in salaries each year.

How will the new system be involved in research and training?

Together we train 1,000 residents and interns annually. Additionally, we will be committed to the development of the most advanced services like cardiac surgery, transplant, neurosurgery, pediatrics and leading-edge cancer treatments, as well as expanding access to cutting-edge clinical trials. By joining forces in research, we will quicken the pace of discovery for our state.

Do you anticipate cost savings by bringing the two organizations together?

Yes. There will be cost savings as a result of this. Overall, our partnership is about doing more together than we can apart – that includes reducing health care costs, among many other things.

What happens now?

Transition teams compromised of members from both organizations are hard at work beginning the process of integration. We are moving thoughtfully to ensure we preserve the strengths of each of our organizations. We are excited to share more with you soon.

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