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Hackettstown Regional Medical Center Partners With Hackensack University Medical Center

Story by Susan Frost

Celebrating the signed affiliation agreement between Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) and Hackettstown Regional Medical Center (HRMC) are (from left): Gene C. Milton, PhD, FACHE, HRMC’s immediate past president and chief executive officer; Robert C. Garrett, HUMC’s president and chief executive officer; and Jason C. Coe, MBA, HRMC president.

Hackettstown Regional Medical Center (HRMC) in Hackettstown, N.J., signed an agreement with Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) to collaborate and expand clinical programs and services, further improving the high quality medical care HRMC provides patients in northwestern New Jersey and northeastern Pennsylvania. HRMC is part of Adventist HealthCare based in Rockville, Md.

This far-reaching partnership between HUMC and HRMC, an 111-bed facility, will benefit patients by strengthening and supporting HRMCs existing programs and bringing additional state-of-the-art care and specialized diagnostic and medical treatments to Hackettstown and the surrounding residential and business communities of Northwest New Jersey, including Warren, western Morris, southern Sussex and northern Hunterdon Counties and portions of the Poconos in Pennsylvania. The collaboration agreement also will foster a closer working relationship between the medical staff and physicians at both hospitals, both complementing and supplementing the medical and surgical services already available at HRMC.

In early 2011, members of both medical centers will collaborate to look at specific medical specialties in order to seek ways to expand existing medical programs and develop new programs and services for patients in HRMCs service area. Services expanded and newly developed in 2011 as part of this agreement will continue HRMC's ongoing philosophy of providing the most advanced diagnostic as well as medical and surgical treatments close to home.

HUMC and HRMC share a similar mission, vision and cultural philosophies, grounded in putting the patient first and fostering treatment with dignity, respect and compassion, and providing the patient with personal touch care. HUMC and HRMC were the first two hospitals in New Jersey to become Affiliates of Planetree, facilitating efforts to create patient-centered care in healing environments.

This collaboration comes during a time of fiscal strength for each hospital. Under the terms of the agreement, HUMCs clinical resources will support HRMCs existing programs, while also enhancing the overall level of diagnostics, treatment, and technology. HUMC also is committed to expanding the availability of physicians and to supporting additional specialty care programs. The first two initiatives are obstetrics and oncology.

“This is an opportunity for Hackensack University Medical Center to provide expanded quality care to a community where Hackettstown Regional Medical Center has done an extraordinary job in creating a dedicated patient base,” said Robert C. Garrett, HUMC’s president and chief executive officer. “As healthcare reform is implemented, it is imperative that we enhance integration between hospitals, expanding access for patients and cooperation among providers. It also allows HUMC to continue its growth in key patient care areas, such as cardiology, cancer, and women’s and children’s services,” he added.

“While it is true this affiliation will benefit both hospitals, the ultimate beneficiaries of this partnership are the communities we serve,” said Gene C. Milton, PhD, HRMC‘s immediate past president and chief executive officer. “This affiliation will result in superior clinical offerings that, in turn, will provide high-quality, cost-effective care to our patients. As we navigate the changes of our healthcare system, I am confident our collective leadership and medical staff will be successful in creating a strong business model that will help both hospitals operate more efficiently,” he added.

New HRMC president Jason C. Coe, MBA, will now oversee the collaboration.