Jersey City Medical Center joins Barnabas Health system

via Ana M. Ferrer/NJ.COM

JCMedicalJersey City Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Joseph Scott has always had big plans for the nonprofit hospital.

But at some point during the five years he’s been at the helm of the Medical Center, he realized the hospital would need help to realize its full potential.

To that end, Scott and Barnabas Health CEO Barry Ostrowsky signed a “definitive agreement” yesterday morning that would make the Medical Center part of the Barnabas system, which includes Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.

“Becoming part of Barnabas Health will give our hospital an opportunity to continue to grow our services and better serve the health care needs of this quickly growing community,” Scott said yesterday morning at a news conference at the Downtown Jersey City hospital.

The agreement signed yesterday morning by Scott and Ostrowsky requires state approvals, which should be in place by the fall, officials said. In the meantime, the hospitals will explore ways to share services and programs.

One of the departments Scott said the hospital would likely expand is its oncology unit.

Scott said that during the search to find a suitable partner certain criteria had to be met and Barnabas Health was a perfect fit.

Two board members from the Medical Center will join the Barnabas Health board and two members of the Barnabas board will join the Medical Center team, the officials said.

“This alignment couldn’t be better,” Ostrowsky said.

The Jersey City Medical Center has “distinguished itself” in the community for its level of care and “it is that motivation that attracted Barnabas to combine,” Ostrowsky added.

Scott and Ostrowsky said no layoffs are planned and patients can expect the same quality of care during the transition period and beyond.

The Jersey City Medical Center is one of six hospitals in Hudson County. Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen is the other nonprofit hospital in the county.

The Bayonne Medical Center, Hoboken University Medical Center, and Christ Hospital in Jersey City, are all owned by Hudson Holdco and run as for-profit facilities.

Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center in Secaucus is also a for-profit hospital.


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