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Barnabas Health, Robert Wood Johnson complete merger: 6 things to know

Robert Wood Johnson Health System, which has flagship hospital campuses in New Brunswick, N.J., and Somerset, N.J., and Barnabas Health, based in Orange, N.J., have completed their planned merger, creating the largest health system in the state.


Here are six things to know about the merger.


1. The merger creates a new organization — RWJBarnabas Health — that will reach approximately 5 million people.

2. Barnabas Health President and CEO Barry H. Ostrowsky becomes RWJBarnabas Health's president and CEO. Former Robert Wood Johnson Health System and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital President and CEO Stephen K. Jones will serve as chief academic officer in the Office of the President.

3. RWJBarnabas Health, based in West Orange, will train more than 1,000 residents and interns each year, according to a news release.

4. RWJBarnabas Health becomes New Jersey's second largest private employer — with more than 32,000 employees, 9,000 physicians and 1,000 residents and interns.

5. "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," Mr. Ostrowsky said in a prepared statement. "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. Our partnership also means a greater level of diversity in every respect — diversity in thought, clinical care delivery and workforce — a true reflection of New Jersey and of the people we serve."

6. For more information on the merger, click here.


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