HEALTH

Proposed RWJ-Barnabas Merger May Portend More Consolidations Statewide

Barnabas Health President and CEO Barry Ostrowsky and Robert Wood Johnson Health System President Stephen K. Jones.

Barnabas Health President and CEO Barry Ostrowsky and Robert Wood Johnson Health System President Stephen K. Jones.

By Andrew Kitchenman for NJ Spotlight

New Jersey may soon learn whether having larger hospital systems leads to improved health care — and if history is a guide, the outcome is very much in question.

The proposed merger of Barnabas Health and Robert Wood Johnson Health System announced yesterday would instantly create the state’s largest hospital system — an 11-hospital behemoth that would outrank the Hackensack Meridian Health system proposed only eight months ago.

The newly merged health care system would have more than $4.5 billion in operating revenue, as well as 260,000 inpatient visits, 2 million outpatient visits, nearly 700,000 emergency department visits, and nearly 30,000 employees.

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