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Barnabas Health, Robert Wood Johnson Health system complete merger

New system to be called RWJBarnabas Health and is expected to reach millions, new system says.

Beth Jones Sanborn, Managing Editor

Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer for RWJBarnabas Health, sits with Stephen K. Jones, Chief Academic Officer for RWJBarnabas Health, after announcing the launch of the new partnership.Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer for RWJBarnabas Health, sits with Stephen K. Jones, Chief Academic Officer for RWJBarnabas Health, after announcing the launch of the new partnership.

The Barnabas Health and Robert Wood Johnson Health Systems merger is complete, with the new combined system having been named RWJBarnabas Health. The announcement was made late Thursday afternoon in a statement issued by the newly combined system.

Barnabas says the new relationship will greatly broaden their scope, allowing them to reach an estimated five million people, which is more than half the population of New Jersey.

Barnabas Health president and CEO Barry H. Ostrowsky will step in as president and CEO of the new system. Former Robert Wood Johnson Health System president and CEO Stephen Jones will serve as Chief Academic Officer in the Office of the President.

"Barnabas Health and Robert Wood Johnson Health System share many attributes – depth of quality clinical services, skilled and dedicated clinicians, a legacy of teaching, a commitment to partnering with the diverse communities we serve, a responsibility as major contributors to our economy and so much more," said Mr. Ostrowsky. "By joining together, we have created the most comprehensive health system in the state, which will enable us to effect the kind of change in the health of our communities that our two separate systems could not do alone."

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RWJBarnabas Health says they expect to train more than 1,000 residents and interns each year, embracing the mission of "academic medicine" including quality clinical care along with research and education. RWJBarnabas Health is now the second largest private employer in the state, with more than 32,000 employees, 9,000 physicians, and 1,000 residents and interns. The health systems contributed a combined total of over $550 million in community benefit services annually.

"Both Barnabas Health and Robert Wood Johnson Health System have a shared commitment to advancing medical education in our state," said Mr. Jones. "As evidenced by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital's 40-year partnership with Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and the proven teaching programs sponsored by Barnabas Health medical centers, our respective health systems have served as the training ground for thousands of medical professionals."

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