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RWJBarnabas partners with Middlesex County on palliative care facilities

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RWJBarnabas CEO Barry Ostrowsky announces that the system will take over management of Roosevelt Care Center's two largest long-term facilities in Edison and Old Bridge
RWJBarnabas CEO Barry Ostrowsky announces that the system will take over management of Roosevelt Care Center's two largest long-term facilities in Edison and Old Bridge - ()

Middlesex County and RWJBarnabas Health have signed a letter of intent for the latter to manage the county’s two largest palliative care facilities, Roosevelt Care Centers in Edison and Old Bridge.

The Roosevelt center in Edison has 362 beds, while the one in Old Bridge has 180. Barry Ostrowsky, RWJBH CEO, and Ronald Rios, Middlesex County Freeholder executive director, made the announcement today at RWJBarnabas University Hospital in New Brunswick. The agreement is expected to be finalized by the end of the year.

Ostrowsky said during the event that taking over the management of the two facilities falls in line with a new geriatric care training program that the system will soon announce.

From left, New Brunswick Mayor James Cahill; President and CEO John Gantner, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital; Chairman of the Board Jack Morris, RWJBarnabas Health; Freeholder Blanquita Valenti; Freeholder Director Ronald Rios; Jeff Scott, Communications Workers of America Local 1065; President and CEO Barry Ostrowsky, RWJBarnabas Health; Freeholder Deputy Director Charles Tomaro; and Middlesex County Administrator John Pulomena at the July 23 announcement of the partnership.
From left, New Brunswick Mayor James Cahill; President and CEO John Gantner, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital; Chairman of the Board Jack Morris, RWJBarnabas Health; Freeholder Blanquita Valenti; Freeholder Director Ronald Rios; Jeff Scott, Communications Workers of America Local 1065; President and CEO Barry Ostrowsky, RWJBarnabas Health; Freeholder Deputy Director Charles Tomaro; and Middlesex County Administrator John Pulomena at the July 23 announcement of the partnership. - ()

“We are announcing a geriatric training program that spans the entire health care system, that includes everything from basic clinical care to cutting edge technology,” said Ostrowsky during the event. “The beneficiaries of that investment will, in fact, be the people of Middlesex County. We must work as partners with the County as we address the needs of the most vulnerable members of the communities we serve.”

Rios said at the press conference that the combined workforce of both facilities, which equals roughly 400, will be protected under the agreement that RWJB and Middlesex County sign.

“As true collaborators, Middlesex County will have a strong voice in protecting our most vulnerable residents,” he said during the event. “We will have a union workforce to ensure that the residents of each facility will be getting care from qualified health care professionals. The existing unionized workers will be protected under the terms of the partnership.”

Both facilities accept Medicare and Medicaid.

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Vince Calio

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Vince Calio covers health care and manufacturing for NJBIZ. You can contact him at vcalio@njbiz.com.

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