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Robert Garrett announced his hospital's partnership with Good Samaritan today.
Robert Garrett announced his hospital's partnership with Good Samaritan today. - (NJBIZ file)

Hackensack University Medical Center and Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, of Suffern, N.Y., announced today a cardiac medicine alliance that the hospitals said would increase collaboration among their award-winning cardiac and vascular centers and improve the care available to Rockland and Orange counties.

The agreement enables Hackensack's Heart and Vascular Hospital physicians to provide clinical support and direct patient care at the Good Samaritan Active International Cardiovascular Institute. The collaborative effort will bring Hackensack's doctors closer to Good Samaritan patients with serious heart and vascular issues, and will elevate the level of cardiovascular services available in the area, according to the announcement.

"This is just the beginning of what will be a productive and increasingly extensive alliance between these medical facilities," said Robert Garrett, chief executive of the Hackensack University Health Network, in prepared remarks. "This latest partnership further demonstrates the strength of our health network and how increased collaboration with other systems leads to even better quality of patient care."

In a statement, Philip Patterson, chief executive of Bon Secours Charity Health System, to which Good Samaritan belongs, said, "We are looking forward to leveraging this collaboration with HackensackUMC to propel the program's trajectory and continue to deliver excellent medical care to the people of this region."

Dr. Eric Somberg will serve as the vice chairman of the HackensackUMC Heart and Vascular Hospital at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. According to a statement, the alliance will bring Good Samaritan the only complete cardiovascular program in the Lower Hudson Valley and will build upon Good Samaritan's nationally ranked program that covers everything from stress tests and imaging to clinically advanced surgical techniques.

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Beth Fitzgerald

Beth Fitzgerald

Beth Fitzgerald reports on health care, small business and higher education. She joined NJBIZ in 2008 after a 34-year career at the Star-Ledger and has been reporting on business in New Jersey since 1978. Her email is beth@njbiz.com and she is @bethfitzgerald8 on Twitter.

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