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.
“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.