Merger talks commenced last May to address how the health systems could work together to remain strong and provide the best possible care in the region.
As for the merger, hospital officials said it’s not a limited venture, takeover or acquisition. UMH and SJH have formed a new system board with members from both organizations. Both SJH and UMH will maintain their hospital boards, which will continue to operate and provide leadership for their respective hospitals. And, UMH, SJH Regional Medical Center in Vineland, SJH Elmer Hospital and SJH Bridgeton Health Center will remain the same. The merger calls for no eliminations, as both SJH and UMH will retain their staffs.
The merger provides both SJH and UMH with several growth opportunities. In addition to enhancing key service lines, growth opportunities will include the ability to:
• develop outpatient care sites in an expanded service area;
• build stronger relationships with government agencies with respect to public funding initiatives and public policy affecting health care services in our region;
• give patients access to an expanded local network of providers
• provide more seamless, effective care over a broader region through the development of combined quality and safety efforts, financial performance and development.
As outlined in the agreement, representatives from both the SJHS and UMHS Boards of Trustees will hold seats on a newly formed system board. The organizations will also retain individual boards of trustees that will provide leadership for their hospitals.
“We are very excited about the merger and confident that uniting as one health system will enable us to enhance the quality, accessibility and convenience of health care for the families of southern New Jersey,” said Chet Kaletkowski, SJH president and CEO.
“We are particularly anxious to begin exploring ways to enhance a number of our clinical service lines, including: Cardiovascular, Oncology, Women’s Health, Surgery and Neurosciences,” said Eileen Cardile, UMH president and CEO.
Kaletkowski will serve as president and CEO of the system. Cardile, CEO of UMH, now serves on the senior management team as an executive vice president of the new system and will continue to oversee operations at Underwood. An announcement regarding the naming of the new system is expected in the early part of 2013.