Hackensack University Health Network and Englewood Hospital and Medical Center announced late Tuesday the creation of a new clinical and academic affiliation — one that does not envision Englewood merging into the much-larger Hackensack — that will benefit the communities they both serve in northern New Jersey.
In a joint announcement, the two health systems said the affiliation allows them to expand patient care services and develop new collaborative programs throughout the region.
They specifically make it clear they “will remain independent health care providers and will continue to be responsible for their individual finances and operations, including their boards, administration, physicians and employees.”
Hackensack is currently on track to become the state’s largest health care system once its merger with Meridian Health, which will create a system with $3.44 billion in revenue, is complete in 2016.
In January, Hackensack and Seton Hall University announced plans to develop a new medical school on the former Nutley campus of drugmaker Hoffmann-La Roche. It’s expected that Englewood will become a major teaching site for the medical school and its graduate medical education programs. Englewood’s internal medicine residency training program will expand into other Hackensack sites, and Englewood will have the opportunity to participate in the training of residents in a variety of specialties, including surgery and emergency medicine. Englewood will also serve as a clinical training site for a variety of allied health students, such as advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, and clinical technologists.
In an early clinical alliance, Englewood and Hackensack have agreed to create a regional cardiac surgery program, anticipated to become one of the largest such programs in northern New Jersey, and serving as a national model for collaborative care. Both systems already operate award-winning heart surgery programs.
The new collaboration, they said, will enable them to enhance access to a variety of patient care services and develop population health management programs. The clinical partnership will create regional models of care with an emphasis on difficult-to-access services targeting multicultural communities, preventive medicine and early intervention.
As a member of the Hackensack University Health Network, Englewood will be able to upgrade its information technology systems to support the population health collaborative.
Robert C. Garrett, CEO and president of HackensackUHN, said, “Today’s health care model places emphasis on collaboration. Through this affiliation, we will be able to share resources and best practices in order to better serve the patients of our entire region. This is about delivering value to the patients we serve, which means the highest quality at the most appropriate cost and developing a vast array of new non-hospital services to conveniently serve area communities.”
“We are thrilled to begin a new era in partnership with the Hackensack University Health Network to improve access to the highest quality care, advance medical education and develop new programs to optimize the health of our patients and their families,” said Warren Geller, CEO and president of Englewood.
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