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RWJBarnabas Health and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Announce Alliance

West Orange-based RWJBarnabas Health and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia signed a Letter of Intent, proposing a strategic alliance and outlining plans to establish a pediatric health care delivery system, designed to improve access, delivery, quality and efficiency of pediatric health in central and northern New Jersey.

The affiliation will create the most comprehensive pediatric health network in the region and enable greater opportunity to improve the health and promote wellness of children in our communities.  It is intended to be comprised of care for all pediatric inpatients, outpatients and ambulatory patients, as well as other services that are to be determined. The proposed affiliation supports the health care, education and research missions of both organizations.

“RWJBarnabas Health is tremendously excited about the potential alliance with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia,” said Barry H. Ostrowsky, president and chief executive officer, RWJBarnabas Health.  “Combining our three highly recognized children’s hospitals, pediatric rehabilitation hospital and outpatient pediatric services with the outstanding reputation for excellence of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia will bring the very finest pediatric care to families in the entire region.”

“Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and RWJBarnabas Health are two prestigious healthcare providers whose philosophy of care focuses on the delivery of world-class clinical services as close to the patient’s home as possible,” said Madeline Bell, president and CEO of CHOP.  “This approach to pediatric care would benefit thousands of families in the area and we are delighted to explore this new alliance.”

The proposed affiliation, among other initiatives, will enhance national recruitment efforts for pediatric subspecialists and further align the clinical and research initiatives of private physicians in the community and faculty physicians from Rutgers University.

The formal partnership agreement is expected to be executed in Definitive Documents in the near future.

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