Hackensack Meridian Health, RWJBarnabas Health and Atlantic Health System welcome the announcement of meaningful, much needed support for patients and caregivers across New Jersey
[May 7, 2020] The Chief Executive Officers of Hackensack Meridian Health, RWJBarnabas Health and Atlantic Health System today commended President Donald J. Trump and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar for allocating part of the $100 billion CARES Act Provider Relief Fund directly for additional support to hospitals in COVID-19 high impact areas, including New Jersey. We further salute the efforts of Governor Murphy and all members of the New Jersey delegation who have worked tirelessly to support frontline workers battling this pandemic. The partnership between President Trump, Secretary Azar, Governor Murphy and delegation members is truly a model for our nation.
In a joint statement, Robert C. Garrett, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health, Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and CEO of RWJBarnabas Health and Brian Gragnolati, President and CEO of Atlantic Health System said:
“We applaud the leadership of President Trump and the decision-making of Secretary Azar for allocating funding from the CARES Act specifically for hospitals in COVID-19 hot spots such as New Jersey. New Jersey is at the epicenter of this pandemic. Over 40 percent of COVID-19 cases nationwide are in New Jersey and New York; in fact, New Jersey alone has more cases than all but six countries in the world. New Jersey's dedicated and talented caregivers are doing heroic work on the frontlines, treating more than 130,000 patients across the state.”
As the Department of Health and Human Services continues to allocate healthcare provider funding for COVID-19, the extraordinary burden on health systems in high impact areas needs to remain an important national priority. The unprecedented financial pressures of caring for dramatically high volumes of COVID-19 patients coupled with lost revenue from the suspension of traditional clinical activities has created a financial reality where hospitals and health systems must depend on continued federal funding. Our ability to provide the highest quality care for our communities will require additional federal support.”
The bipartisan CARES Act, signed by President Trump on March 27, 2020, provides $100 billion to support healthcare-related expenditures or lost revenue attributable to COVID-19 and to ensure that uninsured Americans can get testing and treatment for COVID-19. HHS is specifically allocating a portion of those funds to hospitals in areas that have been particularly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, including New Jersey.
In addition, the bipartisan Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, signed by President Trump on April 24, 2020 allocates an additional $75 billion for hospitals, health systems and other healthcare providers for healthcare-related expenses and lost revenue attributable to COVID-19. Criteria for allocating this additional healthcare funding are being developed by HHS.
ABOUT HACKENSACK MERIDIAN HEALTH
Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the largest, most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care. The health care network comprises 17 hospitals from Bergen to Ocean counties, which includes three academic medical centers, two children’s hospitals, nine community hospitals, a behavioral health hospital, and two rehabilitation hospitals. Additionally, the network has more than 500 patient care locations throughout the state which include ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, urgent care centers and physician practice locations. Hackensack Meridian Health has more than 35,000 team members, and 7,200 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves. For additional information, please visit www.HackensackMeridianHealth.org.
ABOUT RWJBARNABAS HEALTH
RWJBarnabas Health is the largest, most comprehensive academic health care system in New Jersey, with a service area covering nine counties with five million people. The system includes eleven acute care hospitals, three acute care children’s hospitals and a leading pediatric rehabilitation hospital with a network of outpatient centers, a freestanding 100-bed behavioral health center, two trauma centers, a satellite emergency department, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state’s largest behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, fitness and wellness centers, retail pharmacy services, affiliated medical groups, multi-site imaging centers and two accountable care organizations. RWJBH is one of New Jersey’s largest private employers – with more than 33,000 employees, 9,000 physicians and 1,000 residents and interns – and routinely captures national awards for outstanding quality and safety. RWJBH recently announced an affiliation with Rutgers University to create New Jersey’s largest academic health care system. For additional information, please visit www.rwjbh.org.
ABOUT ATLANTIC HEALTH SYSTEMAtlantic Health System has a long-standing tradition of providing exceptional patient outcomes and experiences. Powered by a nationally recognized workforce of 17,000 team members and 4,800 affiliated physicians dedicated to building healthier communities, Atlantic Health System is at the forefront of medicine. Serving more than half of the state of New Jersey including 11 counties and 4.9 million people, the system offers more than 450 sites of care, including seven award winning hospitals. Offering a full continuum of care, the system includes Atlantic Medical Group, one of the largest multi-specialty practices in New Jersey with more than 1,000 physicians and providers, 12 urgent care centers, Atlantic Rehabilitation, Atlantic Visiting Nurse, Atlantic Virtual Visits, and three accountable care organizations. Facilitating the connection between these services on both land and air is the transportation fleet of Atlantic Mobile Health.