Hackensack University Health Network announces that Palisades Medical Center will be joining its Network as a full member; marked by a formal Letter of Intent (LOI) signing ceremony today. This LOI is expected to lead to a definitive agreement between the two organizations in the coming months. This affiliation will further enhance the care that Palisades Medical Center provides patients in Hudson County.
The signing is the culmination of years of collaboration between the two networks. Since joining efforts in June 2012, both systems have seen significant benefits in the working relationship that has developed between their medical staff and physicians.
“We are thrilled to be taking this next step with our friends at Palisades Medical Center,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and CEO of Hackensack University Health Network. “Our physicians and staff at HackensackUMC and Palisades Medical Center are the best in the state, committed to providing world-class quality care to our patients. This new venture will place our hospitals on the cutting-edge of medicine and healthcare delivery for our patients.”
HackensackUHN and Palisades, a 202-bed facility in North Bergen, have already established a successful partnership that supports and strengthens many of Palisades’ existing programs, especially in the pediatric and neonatal areas. Today’s signing ceremony symbolizes a commitment to build upon that existing relationship, which will likely expand into other departments like neurology, orthopedic surgery and oncology – in conjunction with the John Theurer Cancer Center.
As a member of HackensackUHN, Palisades Medical Center will remain an acute care hospital, known as HackensackUMC Palisades. In addition, HackensackUHN and Palisades Medical Center plan to invest over the next five years at Palisades, ensuring that HackensackUMC Palisades has the most cutting-edge technology and state-of-the-art facilities.
“For over a century, Palisades Medical Center has committed itself to providing exceptional care for our patients,” said Bruce J. Markowitz, president and CEO of Palisades Medical Center. “Joining HackensackUHN, the premier healthcare system in New Jersey, is just one more step toward strengthening that mission. This affiliation will give our patients access to world-class physicians and the best specialty care programs available.”
This joint partnership is expected to be finalized later this year after receiving approval from the New Jersey Department of Health and other authorities.