(From left to right) Joseph Simunovich, Chairman, Hackensack University Health Network, Inc., Board of Trustees, Robert C. Garrett, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hackensack University Health Network, Inc.
Healthcare has never remained still. Since its very beginning, it has been an industry of constant change, progress and evolution. Hackensack University Health Network has always embraced new challenges and opportunities. It’s been part of who we are since Hackensack University Medical Center opened its doors more than 125 years ago; and will continue to inspire us for the future.
What began as a 12-bed hospital has grown into an entire world-class campus of care, as well as a nationally-renowned health system with more than 1,250 beds, 10,000 employees, and 2,700 physicians. As a nation, we witnessed some of the biggest healthcare reform changes in 2013; forever shifting the focus to a pay-for-performance model of care. This shift has caused hospitals and healthcare providers to seek innovative ways to remain ahead of the curve while never compromising care. And while we are still in the throes of it, HackensackUHN has successfully been positioning itself to remain a healthcare leader today – and in the future.
“At the heart of everything we do, HackensackUHN aims to provide more people with the highest quality of patient-centered care.”
At the heart of everything we do, HackensackUHN aims to provide more people with the highest quality of patient-centered care. By growing into a geographically-dispersed network of providers, we can not only reach more patients, but can also streamline care within the Network; ultimately improving their outcomes. By pooling our resources together, our Network is able to communicate more effectively, share best practices and provide more efficient healthcare to our patients.
During 2013, our commitment to HackensackUHN’s expansion was evident. In June, HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley made history by being granted the first new hospital license in New Jersey since 1984; demonstrating the state’s understanding of the need to re-open the community hospital. Leaders of HackensackUHN stood side-by-side with Governor Chris Christie, the New Jersey Commissioner of Health Mary O’Dowd, and other elected officials, to celebrate the momentous occasion.
Together with HackensackUMC - the Network’s flagship hospital - and HackensackUMC Mountainside, HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley joins an elite group of hospitals that represent HackensackUHN.
In addition to our acquisitions, HackensackUHN focused on a series of affiliations and partnerships during 2013. In September, the Network made history by entering into a groundbreaking alliance with six other health systems to form AllSpire Health Partners. Altogether, these seven health systems have a total of 28 hospitals, with a service area of more than six million people—making AllSpire the largest healthcare consortium in the country. The member systems are: Atlantic Health System (Morristown, NJ); Hackensack University Health Network (Hackensack, NJ); Lancaster General Health (Lancaster, PA); Lehigh Valley Health Network (Allentown, PA); Meridian Health (Neptune, NJ); Reading Health System (Reading, PA); and WellSpan Health (York, PA).
Throughout the year, we partnered with various Georgetown entities on a clinical and academic basis. In February, HackensackUMC announced a clinical collaboration with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital to establish a Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplantation Program at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. Currently, HackensackUMC’s Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplantation Program is among the largest programs providing these services in the world. Since its inception, there have been seven successful transplants. HackensackUMC also announced an affiliation with the Georgetown University School of Medicine to provide academic appointments to HackensackUMC Emergency Medicine faculty.
In April, the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and the John Theurer Cancer Center at HackensackUMC established an oncology affiliation agreement. In late 2013, there was a successful site visit to the John Theurer Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), representing the beginning stages of becoming recognized as an NCI-designated facility. This designation would place the John Theurer Cancer Center among an elite group of only 68 nationally-recognized cancer programs of excellence.
We further expanded our Network’s presence by establishing other affiliations, including: a cardiac services alliance between HackensackUMC and the Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, a member of Bon Secours Charity Health System, in Suffern, NY; and an oncology affiliation agreement between HackensackUMC and CentraState Healthcare System, located in Monmouth County, NJ.
These partnerships are in addition to our successful clinical affiliations with: NYU Langone Medical Center’s Division of Pediatric Surgery; Palisades Medical Center (North Bergen, NJ); and MinuteClinic, the retail healthcare division of CVS Caremark. In February 2014, we were proud to support CVS Caremark’s monumental decision to stop selling cigarettes and all tobacco products at its more than 7,600 national stores by October of 2014.
HackensackUHN also has a strategic alliance with the North Shore-LIJ Health System, and a joint venture partnership with community physicians and United Surgical Partners International in the acquisition and operation of two ambulatory surgery centers in Bergen County.
The Network understands the importance of medical education, and hosted a groundbreaking roundtable discussion at HackensackUMC with Commissioner Mary O’Dowd, highlighting ways we are addressing the shortage of medical academic programs in our state. In addition to our affiliation with Georgetown University School of Medicine, we also have affiliations with Rutgers Medical School, St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, and Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ.
As a health network, we remain committed to population health management; providing tools and resources for our community to educate and empower themselves on their well-being. We encourage our patients to be proactive in their health; not just reactive when they are sick.
Also demonstrating HackensackUHN’s focus on population health is the HackensackAlliance ACO. In 2012, it was one of just 27 ACOs selected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program. Today, the HackensackAlliance ACO has more than 575 affiliated physicians covering 40,000 lives with an estimated cost savings of $14.5 million during the first year of operation. It was also the first ACO in New Jersey and one of seven in the nation to receive Level One Accreditation status from the National Committee on Quality Assurance.
The newly-opened HackensackUMC Fitness & Wellness: Powered by the Giants is another example of this commitment to managing our population’s health. This dynamic 112,000-square-foot center in Maywood, NJ, offers everything to get and keep the community well, and is one of the largest of its kind in New Jersey. In addition to its aquatic center and state-of-the-art gym, what makes the center so unique is its medical advisory board, physical therapy and cardiac rehabilitation equipment, and on-site mammography services; marrying together both fitness and wellness in one facility. In fact, the center has 35,000 square feet of space dedicated solely to wellness/medical offices.
Partnerships supporting both fitness and wellness have always seemed a natural fit, which is why HackensackUMC is proud to be the Hometown Hospital for the New York Football Giants and the New York Red Bulls soccer team. Earlier this year, HackensackUHN became part of sports history as we were one of three - and the only hospital in New Jersey- selected to be an Official Health Services Provider by the NY/NJ Super Bowl XLVIII Host Committee. HackensackUMC’s Mobile Satellite Emergency Department (NJ-MSED) was stationed at MetLife Stadium and provided high-quality mobile healthcare in the week leading up to the big game and during Super Bowl XLVIII. Numerous people sought medical assistance for various injuries and illnesses, and the Network helicopter, AirMed One, also remained on standby during the historic game. What an incredible way to do our part to ensure the safety of all those in town for the Big Game.
What’s next for HackensackUHN? As already mentioned, healthcare is never stagnant, and we follow suit by always looking ahead. We will continue to build upon and enhance our already successful model of affiliations and acquisitions, while also focusing on new ways to generate business and increase our presence in the northeast. This will include more ambulatory surgery centers as well as retail and urgent care partnerships. Our most important allies in care are physicians; and we remain committed to partnering with regional physician groups. Working together, we will continue to enhance and offer new clinical programs and services to better address the needs of our patients. Of course, HackensackUHN will pursue new advancements in science through research partnerships, ultimately providing more options for more patients.
There has never been a more exciting time to be part of healthcare, and as the healthcare landscape continues to evolve, HackensackUHN will be there - changing right along with it. We are confident that the entire team at HackensackUHN will continue to set the industry standard for Network growth, and we look forward to another successful year.