Rutgers University and RWJBarnabas Health announced the achievement of a significant milestone in its mission to build a premier academic health system dedicated to education, research and the delivery of high-quality healthcare to benefit patients, students and the citizens of New Jersey. Rutgers University and RWJBarnabas Health have taken a step toward integrating the clinical services provided within the University’s Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in the New Brunswick region and RWJBarnabas Health medical group practices through the execution of an Integrated Practice Agreement (“IPA”), creating one of the largest integrated health systems in the country.
This agreement does not include clinical services provided by Rutgers New Jersey Medical School at University Hospital in Newark. In addition, the current agreement does not include the clinical practices of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, which will be integrated at a later date.
“Today’s announcement is another step toward integrating Rutgers’ expertise in health innovation and research with RWJBarnabas Health’s experience in the delivery of health care to bring the citizens of New Jersey world-class healthcare in their own backyard,” said Brian Strom, chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. “Our shared goal has always been to be a transformational leader in healthcare, and it is exciting to continue to see our vision come to fruition.”
“The long-standing reputation of our two great organizations and the combined strengths of our outstanding clinical practitioners solidify our commitment to invest in the health and wellness of the people in our communities throughout the region,” said Barry H. Ostrowsky, president and chief executive officer of RWJBarnabas Health. “I could not be more proud of what we, together with Rutgers, have already achieved and am confident that the future will hold innovative approaches to maintaining good health.”
“It’s an exciting time to lead our combined medical group as this integration seeks to lead healthcare delivery and innovation in New Jersey and beyond,” said Andy Anderson, MD, president and chief executive officer of the combined medical group of RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers. “I look forward to collaborating with our exceptional teams.”
Under the IPA, all current Rutgers employees in the clinical practices will remain Rutgers employees, and academic leaders in those practices will continue to lead the recruitment of new faculty. RWJBarnabas Health will assume responsibility for the patient experience and administration of the Rutgers Health Robert Wood Johnson Medical School clinical enterprise. The agreement was effective as of July 1, 2020.
In 2018, Rutgers and RWJBarnabas Health signed a master affiliation agreement to form an integrated academic health system. Through the affiliation, the University has been able to grow the research, education, and clinical missions of its academic health programs, all housed within Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Accomplishments include:
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