June 1, 2014. Jersey City Medical Center, Hudson County's most comprehensive healthcare provider, has officially joined forces with Barnabas Health, New Jersey's largest healthcare system, to improve the health of the community.
"The rapidly changing healthcare landscape presents new challenges and opportunities in healthcare," said Joseph F. Scott, President and CEO of Jersey City Medical Center. "Becoming part of Barnabas Health gives our hospital an opportunity to continue to grow our services and better serve the healthcare needs of our communities."
Jersey City Medical Center is the only Hudson County hospital in the Barnabas Health system – and it remains one of only two non-profit hospitals in the county. It is the only hospital in the county to receive an "A" rating for its safety and quality five consecutive times from The Leapfrog Group, and is one of only 401 hospitals in the U.S. to be named a Magnet Award hospital for its Excellence in Nursing (and even fewer to be re-certified).
It joins Barnabas Health, the largest not-for-profit integrated healthcare delivery system in New Jersey and one of the largest in the country. Barnabas Health annually cares for more than two million patients and delivers 17,600 babies. The system, with Jersey City Medical Center now onboard, includes seven acute care hospitals, two children's hospitals, a free-standing behavioral health center, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state's largest behavioral health network and comprehensive homecare and hospice programs. Employing nearly 20,000 people – making it the second largest employer in New Jersey – it is nationally recognized for such services as burn treatment; adult and pediatric cardiac surgery; heart, lung, kidney and pancreas transplant surgery; neurology and neurosurgery; oncology; pediatrics; and women's services.
What does this mean to the people who live and work in Hudson County?
According to Scott, the new partnership will allow Jersey City Medical Center to further its mission of Enhancing Life and its vision of being in the 10 percent nationally in each of its four pillars – safety, clinical quality, patient engagement/satisfaction and economic health. It's a program that has been well underway over the past six years, during a time when the hospital has been recognized as one of the metropolitan area's leading institutions, increased many of its service offerings, and recruited many of the area's top physicians.
One of the hospital's priorities, said Scott, will be the creation of a first-class oncology center and the establishment of a radiation therapy program. This will complement the Cristie Kerr Women's Center, named after one of the world's leading women's golfers, which is equipped with state-of-the-art digital mammography equipment and remains the only full-service facility in the area that provides detection, healing, support, and recovery services.
"Jersey City Medical Center is an exceptional hospital that not only shares our commitment to providing high quality services, but also firmly believes that our mission and obligation are to reach beyond helping those who are sick, and extend to helping people who are well," said Barry Ostrowsky, Barnabas Health President/CEO.
Both hospitals, added Scott, are in "perfect alignment" in terms of their culture and community focus.