St. Luke’s and RWJBarn­abas Health team up to serve New Jer­sey pa­tients

The Morning Call - - LOCAL NEWS - By Morn­ing Call Staff

St. Luke’s Univer­sity Health Net­work and RWJBarn­abas Health in New Jer­sey have signed a three-year agree­ment to give pa­tients pri­mar­ily in north­west New Jer­sey more ac­cess to the health sys­tems’ clin­i­cal ser­vices and re­sources.

The agree­ment, which is re­new­able, is ex­pected to lead to more co­op­er­a­tion with such things as clin­i­cal tri­als, re­search and med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion, St. Luke’s said in a news re­lease Thurs­day.

Rick An­der­son, St. Luke’s pres­i­dent and CEO, cred­ited RWJBarn­abas Pres­i­dent and CEO Barry H. Ostrowky and his lead­er­ship with mak­ing the col­lab­o­ra­tion a re­al­ity.

St. Luke’s stressed that the agree­ment is not a merger or ac­qui­si­tion but a co­or­di­nated ef­fort to pro­mote ac­cess to the sys­tems’ pro­grams and physi­cians, espe­cially for pa­tients who want to re­main in New Jer­sey for care.

The agree­ment al­lows for the trans­fer of pa­tients to RWJBarn­abas fa­cil­i­ties for on­col­ogy, pe­di­atrics, car­di­ol­ogy, trauma, be­hav­ioral health, neu­ro­surgery, home health, OB/women’s health and other ser­vices.

RWJBarn­abas bills it­self as New Jer­sey’s largest and most com­pre­hen­sive aca­demic health care sys­tem.

By team­ing up with RWJBarn­abas, Foun­tain Hill­based St. Luke’s will ex­pand its reach, which ex­tends to 11 coun­ties in Penn­syl­va­nia and New Jer­sey.

RWJBarn­abas Health has more than 33,000 em­ploy­ees, 9,000 physi­cians and 1,000 res­i­dents and in­terns.

Re­cently it part­nered with Rut­gers Univer­sity to cre­ate New Jer­sey’s largest aca­demic health care sys­tem, ac­cord­ing to the news re­lease.

St. Luke’s has 15,000 em­ploy­ees serv­ing 10 hos­pi­tals and more than 300 out­pa­tient sites.

It ed­u­cates med­i­cal stu­dents through a part­ner­ship with Tem­ple Univer­sity.

— Chris­tine Schi­avo

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