North Bergen's Palisades Medical Center officially became HackensackUMC Palisades on Tuesday as it completed its transition into the Hackensack University Health Network.
“Since 2012, both HackensackUHN and Palisades have worked collaboratively to enhance services that include pediatric cardiology, neonatology and — most recently — oncology,” Hackensack said in a statement. “In 2015, HackensackUMC Palisades opened a new, 57,000-square-foot outpatient facility overlooking the Hudson River that offers additional services of HackensackUMC’s John Theurer Cancer Center at Palisades.”
The addition to HackensackUHN means the health system boasts 1,717 hospital and nursing home beds, more than 10,800 team members and 3,300 physicians.
“This represents a wonderful milestone for Palisades Medical Center and our communities as we become part of the premier health care system in New Jersey. As HackensackUMC Palisades, we will continue our commitment to quality, enhance access to exceptional clinical programs and secure our financial stability for years to come,” said Bruce Markowitz, CEO and president of HackensackUMC Palisades.
Hackensack CEO and President Robert Garrett said: “Our teams look forward to working together to continue a legacy of quality care that Palisades has established. As a HackensackUHN hospital, Palisades will be clinically integrated within the network, which is home to some of the best physicians and medical providers in the world. By sharing our resources, talent and facilities, we will strengthen the level of care provided to the communities while offering patients a better experience.”
A definitive agreement was announced on April 8 last year, and the partnership has been in play since 2012. In the fall of 2014, the two signed a letter of intent, which was later approved by the state Department of Health and other authorities.