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Atlantic Health System, Hunterdon Healthcare System Finalize Alliance

Morristown, NJ, June 2013 – Atlantic Health System and Hunterdon Healthcare System today announced the signing of documents to create a jointly-owned health care alliance, The Mid Jersey Health Alliance, formed to provide patients in Hunterdon, Somerset, Mercer and Warren counties greater care coordination and expanded services. While each system will retain its independence, the alliance will create significant clinical and economic efficiencies to lower the cost of health care while providing the highest quality services.

In early 2012, a Hunterdon Healthcare task force including representatives of the board of trustees, medical staff and management, reviewed proposals received from several health care systems both within and outside New Jersey. The Board of Hunterdon Healthcare concluded that the proposed alliance with Atlantic Health System best meets the objectives set by the task force while maintaining its mission as an independent community health care organization. A letter of intent between Hunterdon Healthcare System and Atlantic Health System was signed in October 2012.

Robert Wise, President and CEO of Hunterdon Healthcare System, noted, “This strategic alliance with Atlantic Health System gives Hunterdon Healthcare a dynamic partner while maintaining our strong commitment to independence and local control. Atlantic Health will enable us to participate in larger and broader healthcare improvement initiatives that would not be possible for Hunterdon Healthcare alone. We are truly pleased about what this means for the future of our community.”

“In this changing health care landscape, we find ourselves talking to a wide range of potential partners, affiliates, and other systems, and we have charted a very specific course for our future,” said Joseph A. Trunfio, President and CEO, Atlantic Health System. “Atlantic Health System and Hunterdon Healthcare System are advancing shared objectives to work toward improving the health status of the communities we serve. This alliance offers community members more immediate access to certain specialty services and advanced technology. Patients should expect the best clinical and evidence based practices without duplicating efforts and testing, thereby also reducing costs to families.”

This alliance allows the health care organizations to collaborate on several initiatives, including:

  • Development of a joint physician recruitment plan to place key subspecialty physicians within the Hunterdon community.  

  • Provide Hunterdon physicians with access to technology and services in Atlantic Health System facilities, such as robotic surgery and cardiac electrophysiology.

  • Joint strategic planning initiatives to expand clinical offerings at both organizations.

  • Implementation of health care cost reduction strategies, such as purchase of supplies, implants, pharmaceuticals and information technology.

  • Opportunities for sharing/implementing quality, performance improvement, patient safety and patient satisfaction strategies.

  • Improving the coordination of care for those patients of Hunterdon who require tertiary care at Atlantic Health System.

  • Joint investments in outpatient facilities.

  • The ultimate goals of the Alliance are to improve the quality, experience and efficiency of health care for patients, as well as improving the health of the population jointly served by the two organizations.

About Atlantic Health System
Atlantic Health System is one of the largest non-profit health care systems in New Jersey, comprised of Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center in Summit and Newton Medical Center. The three medical centers – all accredited by The Joint Commission – have a combined total of 1,308 licensed beds and more than 2,750 affiliated physicians providing a wide array of health care services to the residents of Northern and Central New Jersey. Specialty service areas include advanced cardiovascular care, pediatric medical and surgical specialties, neurology, orthopedics, and sports medicine. Each of these programs has earned top ratings and recognitions in their respective fields. Atlantic Health System is the official health care partner of the New York Jets and an official health care provider of the New Jersey Devils.

Morristown Medical Center’s Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute performs more heart surgeries than any other hospital in New York or New Jersey, and is one of 20 facilities across the country to perform catheter-based repair and replacement of valves on both sides of the heart. Atlantic Health System’s spine program – where surgeons perform more spine surgery than anywhere else in New Jersey – is one of just 13 hospitals across the country that has received the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission, achieving Disease-Specific Care Certification for cervical and lumbar spine treatments. With the Atlantic Neuroscience Institute based at Overlook Medical Center, the hospital serves as the hub for the New Jersey Stroke Network, and serves about 40 percent of the state’s stroke patients. The system’s Goryeb Children’s Hospital offers more than 100 board-certified physicians in 20 pediatric specialties. Morristown Medical Center is verified as a Level I Regional Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons and designated a Level II by the state of New Jersey.

Atlantic Health System has been chosen for the past three consecutive years by FORTUNE® as one of the magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®.” The organization has also been recognized four times by AARP as one of the “Best Employers for Workers over 50.” Inside Jersey magazine partnered with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. and ranked Morristown Medical Center as the No. 1 hospital in New Jersey and the No. 1 hospital for treatment of heart failure and coronary surgery in the state. The survey findings also establish Overlook as No.1 for the treatment of neurological disorders and stroke in NJ. Atlantic Health System is a Major Clinical Research Affiliate with The Cancer Institute of New Jersey and is an affiliate of The Mount Sinai Hospital and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

About Hunterdon Healthcare

Hunterdon Healthcare System delivers compassionate and exceptional care that improves the health of the community. Hunterdon Healthcare System is recognized as a national model for offering Community focused health improvement that is consumer-centered and driven by a passion for excellence. Under the corporate organization, Hunterdon Healthcare System constitutes the sole member of Hunterdon Medical Center, Hunterdon Medical Center Foundation, Hunterdon Regional Community Health and Midjersey Health Corporation.

Hunterdon Medical Center, the flagship hospital, is acknowledged as a leader in developing comprehensive medical and health care services.  Hunterdon Medical Center treats over 8,600 inpatients annually, with 33,000 Emergency Department visits and over 292,000 outpatient visits per year.  The 178-bed hospital provides a full range of preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic inpatient and outpatient hospital and community health services.  

The Hunterdon Medical Center is also a teaching institution and is affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.  The Family Medicine Residency Program is one of the first in the nation for the training of specialists in family medicine.

Hunterdon Medical Center is licensed by the New Jersey Department of Health, and accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).  

For more information on Hunterdon Healthcare call 908-788-6100 or visit them online >

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  • Morristown, NJ 07962-1905
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