US-based Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH), a cancer treatment hospital of the Rutgers Cancer Institute in New Jersey, and Somerset Medical Center have completed their merger to develop a 965-bed hospital with campuses in New Brunswick and Somerville.
With this merger, the two entities will operate as a unified organisation and Somerset Medical Center will now be known as Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset.
The combination is set to focus on the expansion of existing inpatient and outpatient services, maintenance of community programmes and the improvement of healthcare services within the communities served by Robert Wood Johnson University.
RWJUH Somerset will also focus particularly on strengthening cardiology, orthopedics, neurology, cancer and surgical services.
The new entity is expected to give patients better access to healthcare services and specialists such as trauma care, cardiac surgery services, organ transplants and neonatal care for premature babies with serious health issues.
RWJUH and Robert Wood Johnson Health System president and CEO Stephen Jones said that the group’s expansion into Somerset County will provide direct access to high-quality medical services and a wider array of healthcare opportunities.
"While we’ve expanded, our mission remains the same – to improve the health and well-being of the patients and communities we serve," Jones added.
Somerset Medical Center board of trustees former chairman Paul Stahlin said that throughout the merger process, both organisations worked together to ensure a seamless transition for patients and staff, and have implemented shared best practices at both campuses.
"This alliance enables us to offer expanded access to high-quality medical care close to home and strengthens our ability to serve our community for generations to come," Stahlin added.
Somerset Medical Center Foundation, which is not part of the merger, will function independently under the new name of Somerset Health Care Foundation.