RWJBarnabas Health is the most comprehensive academic health care 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 35,000 employees, and has a medical staff of 9,000 physicians and 1,000 residents and interns that represent 40% of New Jersey’s practicing physicians.
RWJBarnabas Health is comprised of 11 acute care hospitals (including five 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 network, a satellite emergency department, trauma centers, ambulatory care centers, comprehensive hospice and home care programs, medical groups with primary and specialty care physician practices, a clinically integrated network, an accountable care organization, and multiple-site radiology and pharmacy services.
In 2018, RWJBarnabas Health entered into a pioneering, public-private partnership with Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey. This historic partnership will have a transformative effect on health and healthcare innovation in the state as it aligns RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers’ education, research and clinical activities, and Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey – the state’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. The partnership will result in a world-class academic health system dedicated to life-changing research, clinical training of tomorrow’s health care workforce, and high-quality patient care.
Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer of RWJBarnabas Health, is driving the System’s commitment to addressing the social determinants of health and has spearheaded a system-wide mission to ameliorate the whole health needs and to promote healthier living for employees, patients and the members of its diverse communities. Mr. Ostrowsky created a robust Social Impact and Community Investment practice (SICI), which collaborates with diverse local, state and national partners to address the social, economic and environmental conditions that contribute to poor health outcomes, reduced life expectancy and higher costs.
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 and neighborhood environment. 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.
System-wide, RWJBarnabas Health is implementing an aggressive program to become a high reliability organization (HRO), uniting the health system in a culture of safety to achieve top-tier clinical outcomes and to deliver the highest quality care and safest experience for patients, communities, and the RWJBH workforce. All physicians, management, and employees have been trained in robust HRO practices. This quest, referred to as “Safety Together,” is a comprehensive process to improve reliability, building upon past successes in safety and quality, and using new tools and behaviors to ensure the health of the patients and the communities served. HRO uses best practices from industries such as nuclear power, aviation and manufacturing.
Hospitals throughout RWJBarnabas Health are nationally renowned in leading medical and health services, including a Renal Transplant division at Saint Barnabas Medical Center that ranks among the largest in the nation for Living Donor Transplants and Kidney Transplant program. Saint Barnabas recently conducted the longest living donor transplant chain at one hospital in the United States.
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; and at Saint Barnabas, New Jersey’s only state-certified Burn Center.
RWJBarnabas Health is recognized as a top employer by Modern Healthcare, Forbes, NJ Advance Media and Becker’s Healthcare. Our hospitals, programs and services have earned countless awards in their fields, including the Equity of Care Award as top hospital for health care diversity and inclusion from the American Hospital Association, and the Magnet designation for nursing excellence – the highest and most prestigious distinction a health care organization can receive for nursing excellence and high-quality patient care.
Additionally, our hospitals receive high excellence, quality and safety scores from top nationally respected organizations, including the Leapfrog Group, US News & World Report and Newsweek. Specifically, the US News & World Report recognized several of our facilities as high performing in their treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure, and named two of our facilities a Best Regional Hospital, both ranking #3 in New Jersey. Newsweek also recognized two of our facilities as Best Maternity Hospitals for their excellence in maternity care.
RWJBarnabas Health is the official health care provider of the New Jersey Devils, Rutgers University Athletics, Seton Hall University Athletics, Princeton University Athletics, Monmouth University Athletics, and Somerset Patriots.
95 Old Short Hills Road, West Orange, NJ 07052
Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer
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