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Two major New Jersey health care providers merge

A merger between Newton Memorial Hospital and one of the largest New Jersey not-for-profit hospital systems was recently approved. Like many New Jersey mergers, this health care merger is expected to result in improved customer service and increased cost efficiency. Atlantic Health will now incorporate the Sussex County hospital into its health care system which already includes Overlook Hospital and Morristown Memorial Hospital.

Atlantic Health hopes that the merger will allow it to expand its health care services and to lower administration and operations costs, specifically technology and record keeping costs.

This merger continues a partnership between Newton Memorial Hospital and Atlantic Health. Patients with cardiovascular, neuroscience and neonatal care needs have been able to receive transfer care between Atlantic Health hospitals and Newton Memorial for years.

Newton Memorial is a nearly 80-year-old hospital that has 146 licensed beds and employs more than 1,100 area residents. Approximately 33,000 patients receive treatment at the hospital's emergency room on a yearly basis. The merger will allow these patients to benefit from better insurance coverage for these unexpected emergency trips in addition to the improved quality of patient care.

The merger allows Newton Memorial Hospital to accept Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey insurance coverage as an in-network provider. Blue Cross Blue Shield is New Jersey's largest insurer and provides services to approximately 60,000 residents, according to the Pike County Courier. Patients will also have broader access to specialty care, clinical trials, and pediatric care.

"Atlantic Health shares our commitment to improving the health status of the communities we serve," said Tom Senker, president of Newton Memorial Hospital.

Source: Pike County Courier, "Atlantic Health and Newton Memorial Hospital complete merger," 5/20/11


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