CentraState, Atlantic Health Announce Expanded Partnership

Systems reach Definitive Agreement to build upon successful clinical affiliation

Proving their shared history of collaboration and aligned mission can quickly deliver meaningful results for the communities they serve, CentraState Healthcare System and Atlantic Health System have reached a definitive agreement to expand their partnership to create a unique model for health system co-ownership. Coming only weeks after declaring their intent to strengthen their relationship to improve the health of residents across northern and central New Jersey, Atlantic Health will become the majority corporate member in CentraState and CentraState will join the Atlantic Health System network of care upon receipt of state and federal regulatory approval.

The partnership will deliver immediate benefits to patients, physicians and caregivers in CentraState’s communities by strengthening its integrated clinical services, physician network and infrastructure through a capital investment of $135 million, outlined in a five-year plan endorsed by both systems’ boards. The new model for partnership will provide CentraState with significant resources to support its longstanding community focus while advancing Atlantic Health’s mission to touch more lives in New Jersey through collaborations for high-quality, value-based care.  The CentraState board and leadership team, led by President and CEO John T. Gribbin, will continue to oversee system operations at CentraState and ensure the continued advancement of its mission to enhance health and well-being in its local community through the compassionate delivery of quality health care.

“We are excited to deliver our shared mission of advancing the health of our communities, and confident this innovative partnership positions both organizations for continued success and growth,” said John T. Gribbin, president and CEO, CentraState Healthcare System.

One of the first steps the two organizations will take will be investing in and implementing the Epic electronic health record (EHR) platform across CentraState Healthcare System. Beginning at CentraState physician practices before extending throughout the system, Epic will improve efficiency and safety in care delivery, by providing physicians with a patient’s full and up-to-date medical record. Once complete, CentraState will join Atlantic Health System on Epic, allowing physicians and patients the opportunity to share information throughout the network. No matter where a patient receives care, their medical information will seamlessly travel with them, easily accessible through the MyChart patient portal.

With this newly expanded partnership come new opportunities for physicians in the CentraState network. Atlantic Health System will provide CentraState physicians with the opportunity to participate in its affiliated physician group practices and programs, including risk-based contracting initiatives, which have already delivered better health care results for patients and proven savings.

CentraState patients will immediately benefit from cutting-edge data analytics capabilities. Based on the clinical experiences from Atlantic Health System’s interactions with nearly one million unique individuals over the last year, these data tools allow caregivers to make more efficient, informed decisions that result in improved outcomes and reduced cost, as evidenced by the success of the Atlantic accountable care organizations (ACOs). These resources will also accelerate CentraState’s journey from a fee-for-service model of contracting to value-based care.

Focused on the future success of both organizations, the terms of the Definitive Agreement allow the two organizations to pursue joint venture opportunities, including ambulatory services and other population health strategies, which will make care more accessible, affordable and convenient for residents in the communities served by CentraState.

“The swift progress we have made with CentraState on this latest partnership shows how effective we can be together in delivering innovative and high-quality care for New Jersey’s residents and families,” said Brian Gragnolati, president and CEO, Atlantic Health System. “I am thrilled to see all that we can accomplish when we work together to put patients first.”

This latest venture between two of the state’s leading health systems is a clear reflection of their shared mission and values.  Both are grounded by strong ties to their local communities, along with longstanding commitments to clinical excellence, engaged physician leadership, and value-based strategies to improve access to high quality, affordable health care.  Both systems also take great pride in their exceptional workplace cultures that value the contributions of every team member while promoting award-winning innovation and compassionate care.

Both organizations will continue working toward obtaining the necessary government approvals for the transaction. Approvals will be necessary from state and federal officials before the transaction can be considered complete.

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