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Somerset Medical Center and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Launch Microsite to Keep Community Informed About Merger

Somerville, N.J. – Somerset Medical Center and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital have launched a new microsite, http://smc.rwjuh.info, as part of an ongoing effort to provide employees, physicians, community members and patients with the most up-to-date information on their pending merger. The microsite highlights merger milestones, provides answers to frequently asked questions and offers insight on what the merger means for patients and employees. It also includes an overview of each organization and their recent accomplishments.

“Throughout this merger process, we want to be as open and transparent as possible so that our community can learn more about each of our organizations and know what to expect each step of the way,” said Stephen K. Jones, president and CEO of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Robert Wood Johnson Health System. 

“It is our hope that this microsite will serve as a clearinghouse of information for the community and provide clarity on key issues and concerns, while delivering updates on our progress in completing our merger with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital,” said Ken Bateman, CPA, MHA, President and Chief Executive Officer at Somerset Medical Center. 

Somerset Medical Center announced in June that it planned to merge with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. A merger agreement was officially signed in August and submitted to the New Jersey Attorney General’s office for review. The agreement is expected to be finalized this spring. A transition team comprised of members of both hospitals has been meeting since last fall to plan for the integration of the two facilities.

To learn more about the merger, please visit http://smc.rwjuh.info. For more information about Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Somerset Medical Center, go to www.rwjuh.edu or  www.somersetmedicalcenter.com.

About Somerset Medical Center

Somerset Medical Center is a 355-bed acute care hospital in Somerville, providing comprehensive health care services to residents throughout Central New Jersey. It is nationally recognized as a Magnet® hospital for nursing excellence. The medical center’s Steeplechase Cancer Center is designated as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer – a distinction achieved by only one in four hospitals nationwide that treat cancer patients. The Joint Surgery Institute at Somerset Medical Center has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for total knee and total hip replacement surgery. The medical center is designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. It is one of nine Medical Coordination Centers established by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services to coordinate communication among emergency responders during a disaster situation. For more information about Somerset Medical Center, visit www.somersetmedicalcenter.com.

About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is a 600-bed academic medical center which is the flagship Cancer Hospital of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the principal hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ. Robert Wood Johnson is an innovative leader in advancing state-of-the-art care. Its Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation, cancer care, and women’s and children’s care including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital ( www.bmsch.org). The hospital is also a Level 1 Trauma Center and serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness. The hospital has earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety. RWJUH has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S.News & World Report six times and has been selected by the publication as a high performing hospital in several specialties. The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital has also ranked among the nation’s Best Children’s Hospitals by U.S.News & World Report for two consecutive years. The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer has rated RWJUH among the nation’s best comprehensive cancer centers and the hospital’s Comprehensive Stroke Center is certified by the Joint Commission to provide complex stroke care. The Leapfrog Group rated RWJUH as one of the 50 exceptional U.S. hospitals, as published in Consumers Digest magazine, and has given the hospital an “A” grade for safety and quality. Harvard University researchers, in a study commissioned by The Commonwealth Fund, identified RWJUH as one of the top 10 hospitals in the nation for clinical quality. RWJUH is also a four-time recipient of the prestigious Magnet Award for Nursing Excellence. Visit us online at  www.rwjuh.edu.

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