Profiles in Success: RWJBarnabas Health

RWJBarnabas Health is the most comprehensive academic healthcare system in New Jersey with a service area that covers nine counties and five million residents. The system also ranks among the state’s largest private employers, with a medical staff that represents 40% of New Jersey’s practicing physicians.

RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, through their public-private partnership, are jointly developing and operating a world-class academic health system. RWJBarnabas Health is comprised of 12 acute care hospitals (including seven teaching hospitals and an academic medical center), three children’s hospitals, a nationally renowned pediatric rehabilitation hospital and its network of outpatient centers, a free-standing behavioral health center and the state’s largest behavioral health addiction services, a satellite emergency department, trauma centers, ambulatory care centers, comprehensive hospice and home care programs, an integrated medical group practice with primary and specialty care physician practices and telehealth, a clinically integrated network, an accountable care organization, multiple-site radiology and pharmacy services, and a mobile health division that includes Emergency Medical Services (Advanced and Basic Life Support ambulance transport services); a training center; non-emergent patient transportation; the Institute for Nursing Excellence and a transfer/call center with 200 ambulances, a helicopter and numerous other assets.

RWJBarnabas Health is recognized as a top employer by Forbes, NJ Advance Media and Beckers Healthcare. Our hospitals, programs and services have earned countless awards in their fields, including the Equity of Care Award as top hospital for healthcare diversity and inclusion from the American Hospital Association, national recognition by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation as a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality, and the prestigious Magnet designation for nursing excellence. Additionally, our hospitals receive high excellence, quality and safety scores from top nationally respected organizations including U.S. News & World Report.

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the only program in the state designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), received the highest score in New Jersey in the Adult Specialty category for cancer, earning a High Performing rating. Rutgers Cancer Institute together with RWJBarnabas Health is at the forefront of cancer research and care and will soon be home to the Jack and Sheryl Morris Cancer Center, New Jersey’s only freestanding cancer hospital, slated to open in 2024 in New Brunswick. Only 92 cancer programs nationwide achieved this rating in the 2022-23 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals survey.

Through its Social Impact and Community Investment practice, RWJBarnabas Health is leveraging its position as an Anchor Institution, one that is physically entrenched in our communities, as a critical economic engine and committed community partner to address the social determinants of health, including economic stability (job opportunities and living wages), education, access to healthy food, affordable housing and safe living. By financially investing in communities across the state and launching initiatives to impact vulnerable communities, the system is constantly working to improve the long-term well-being of the communities it serves.

Hospitals throughout RWJBarnabas Health are nationally renowned in leading medical and health services, including a Renal Transplant division at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center that ranks among the largest in the nation for Living Donor Transplants and Kidney Transplant program.

Also renowned: the highly advanced chronic pain service at Children’s Specialized Hospital that is being modeled across the country; the Heart Transplant program at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center that is one of only a handful of programs nationally to have successfully transplanted nearly 1,100 hearts; also at Newark Beth Israel, the state’s only Lung Transplant Program; Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital New Brunswick is the flagship cancer hospital of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the principal teaching hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; RWJUH New Brunswick is also home to a Level 1 Trauma Center and the first Pediatric Trauma Center in the state; and at Cooperman Barnabas, New Jersey’s only state-certified Burn Center.

The Attorney General’s Office and RWJBarnabas Health Behavioral Health Services have been partnering in the Arrive Together program since 2022, pairing a certified behavioral health screener together with a member of local law enforcement to “arrive together” to respond to a behavioral health-related 911 call or screening request. Clara Maas Medical Center, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Jersey City Medical Center and Trinitas Regional Medical Center are some of the first hospitals to be part of this program, which is a national model to help reduce delays in responding to behavioral health crisis calls and reduce the need for use of force in these situations.

RWJBarnabas Health children’s hospitals were named among the nation’s Best Children’s Hospitals for 2023 – 2024 by U.S. News & World Report. The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital (BMSCH) at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital ranked #34 nationally for orthopedics and ranked #47 for urology. The urology ranking recognizes a four-hospital practice that is based at The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital, but that also provides care at three other RWJBarnabas Health hospitals – with Children’s Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, McMullen Children’s Center at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center, and Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center. Additionally, BMSCH was ranked #2 in New Jersey and #15 in the Mid-Atlantic Region. The rankings assist parents of children with rare or life-threatening illnesses and their doctors in choosing the right hospital for them.

RWJBarnabas Health is the official healthcare provider of the New Jersey Devils, Rutgers University Athletics, Seton Hall University Athletics, Princeton University Athletics, Monmouth University Athletics, Somerset Patriots (Minor League AA Affiliate of the New York Yankees) and New Jersey BlueClaws (Minor League Affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies).

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Barry H. Ostrowsky, Chief Executive Officer

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