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Adventist HealthCare Completes Transfer of Ownership for New Jersey Hospital

Story by Tom Grant

Adventist HealthCare, based in Gaithersburg, Md., has officially transferred ownership of Hackettstown Regional Medical Center in New Jersey to Atlantic Health System, based in Morristown, N.J.

As part of joining Atlantic Health, the hospital will now be known as Hackettstown Medical Center, in line with the organization’s other facilities. The hospital will remain a licensed, acute-care general hospital. The completion of the transfer follows all regulatory approvals.

“The decision to transfer ownership was not an easy one,” says Terry Forde, Adventist HealthCare President & CEO. “We will miss having President Jason Coe, the employees and the physicians as part of our team. Hackettstown has had a rich history of more than 40 years as a Seventh-day Adventist organization. We are pleased that Atlantic Health has committed to maintain a chapel onsite at Hackettstown and maintain the hospital’s well-regarded chaplaincy program.”

Recognizing the demands of a changing healthcare landscape across the nation, Adventist HealthCare sought to position the 111-bed hospital to succeed in an environment of ongoing reform. This called for Hackettstown, which joined Adventist HealthCare in 1997, to affiliate with a health system in its own region with a strong New Jersey presence and an expanded network of services and physicians. Joining Atlantic Health will provide the community with seamless access to services and will enhance the quality, effectiveness and continuity of care for patients.

“It is with great honor that we welcome Hackettstown Medical Center into our organization,” says Brian Gragnolati, Atlantic Health System President and CEO. “This collaboration strengthens our ability to deliver a Trusted Network of CaringTM, providing the full breadth of our services to promote the health and well- being of Hackettstown and its surrounding communities.”

Forde said that in addition to strengthening Hackettstown’s future, the transfer will allow Adventist HealthCare to continue to invest in its Maryland operations. As part of expanding its services in the region and furthering its mission, the organization in the past year has:

  •    Broken ground for the new Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital, which is scheduled to open in 2019 in White Oak, Maryland.

  •   Opened its first urgent care center in Rockville, Maryland, with two more beginning operations this year in Germantown and Laurel.

  •   Partnered with Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland, to lead operations of its behavioral health service line.

  •   Expanded its Physical Health & Rehabilitation services to RIO Washingtonian Center in Gaithersburg.

  •   Acquired Shady Grove Radiology imaging centers.





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