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.