Long Island Business News
January 2, 2015
North Shore-LIJ Expands in New Jersey
By: Claude Solnik
The North Shore-LIJ Health System has signed an affiliation agreement with Barnabas Health in New Jersey, which treats more than 2 million patients annually.
North Shore-LIJ CEO Michael Dowling described the agreement as an important alliance as his system becomes an even bigger regional force.
“We’re looking at projects we could jointly do,” Dowling told LIBN. “They’re independent, but it begins a major discussion between us. It lets us learn more about the New Jersey environment.”
Dowling described the eight-hospital healthcare organization as “the biggest health system in New Jersey.” Barnabas Health includes six acute care hospitals, two children’s hospitals, a behavioral health center and behavioral health network and ambulatory care centers.
The West Orange, N.J.-based system includes 4,600 doctors and 18,200 employees, providing care to 1.5 million outpatients, 198,000 inpatients and 452,000 emergency department patients annually.
Although this is a significant alliance, North Shore-LIJ has had a similar relationship with nearby Hackensack University Medical Center since 2012.
Dowling said the two systems will look at quality metrics, best practices and how each handles purchasing and laboratories as part of a larger collaboration.
“We’re discussing whether we can provide services to them in that regard,” Dowling added. “In 2015, we’ll be looking at what kinds of projects we can work with them on.”
When asked if the systems might merge, Dowling said “there are no plans at the moment to do that.” But he added, “You never know how that’s going to end up.”
“The way the world is moving these days, nothing is an impossibility,” Dowling said. “Everything starts with relationships, with doing things together.”