Jan 6, 2022 Trinitas Regional Medical Center Joins RWJBarnabas Health, New Jersey’s Largest Academic Health System

Joining together will increase access to high-quality health care services across Northern and Central New Jersey

West Orange, N.J. (JANUARY 6, 2022) – Trinitas Regional Medical Center is now a member of RWJBarnabas Health, the largest academic health system in the state of New Jersey. RWJBarnabas Health welcomed the Elizabeth, New Jersey-based hospital into its network of health care facilities after a thoughtful and deliberate planning process, which will continue into their shared future.

“With the addition of Trinitas Regional Medical Center, our commitment to clinical quality, academic excellence and leading-edge research will be enhanced,” said Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer of RWJBarnabas Health. “Each organization has long histories of delivering health care to urban and underserved communities, and together we shall make New Jersey an even better place to live.”

“We are excited to officially be part of RWJBarnabas Health,” said Gary S. Horan, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of Trinitas Regional Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility. “Our chief goal is to provide excellent care for our community and being the newest member of the RWJBarnabas Health family gives us the resources and opportunities to enhance the already high level of care we provide.”

Together, both organizations will be able to increase access to high-quality health care in the Northern and Central New Jersey regions, and expand outreach to underserved communities. This includes a specific focus on cardiac care, oncology, emergency services, renal care/dialysis, women’s health and wound care, as well as behavioral health services and others.

In addition, the two organizations share an academic commitment, with RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers University serving as the premier academic health system for the state of New Jersey and Trinitas serving as a regional leader in training nurses through the Trinitas School of Nursing, which offers a cooperative education program with Union College.

By joining RWJBarnabas Health, the communities served by Trinitas can expect:

  • Expanded clinical services and strategic investments to ensure that Trinitas remains the trusted safety-net provider in the region
  • Improved outcomes for diverse patient populations
  • Increased access to RWJBarnabas Health’s world-class research and academic expertise
  • Enhanced ability to attract, retain and train the finest health care experts
  • Sharpened focus on community and mission-based programs that help serve local communities, particularly those in need

Trinitas will continue to adhere to the standards of care stated in the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, with Catholic oversight from the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth. Local facilities in Elizabeth will also retain the Trinitas Regional Medical Center name, while transitioning to the RWJBarnabas Health branding.

“RWJBarnabas Health is well known for being inclusive and welcoming to patients, colleagues and new organizations joining the system,” said Victor M. Richel, Chair of the Trinitas Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees. “As a Catholic teaching hospital, we are proud to maintain our historical Catholic connection and to remain true to the culture of Trinitas.”

Mr. Richel will remain Chair of the Trinitas Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees and will serve on the parent board of RWJBarnabas Health. Additionally, Mr. Horan will remain the President and Chief Executive Officer of Trinitas Regional Medical Center.

“The RWJBarnabas Health Board believes it is vital that Trinitas continue to be led by local leaders in this community” said Marc E. Berson, Chair of the RWJBarnabas Health Board of Trustees. “These leaders know the local community and have institutional knowledge that will help all of us make decisions that are best for those we serve.”

Trinitas Regional Medical Center is now part of RWJBarnabas Health

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 twelve acute care hospitals – Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Community Medical Center in Toms River, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton in Hamilton, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway in Rahway, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset in Somerville, and Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth; three acute care children's hospitals; Children’s Specialized Hospital, including a network of outpatient centers; a behavioral health center and the state’s largest behavioral health network; two trauma centers; a satellite emergency department; ambulatory care centers; geriatric centers; comprehensive home care and hospice programs; fitness and wellness centers; retail pharmacy services; an affiliated medical group; multi-site imaging centers; and two accountable care organizations.

RWJBarnabas Health is New Jersey’s largest private employer – with more than 37,000 employees and 9,000 physicians – and routinely captures national awards for outstanding quality and safety. RWJBarnabas Health, in partnership with Rutgers University, is New Jersey’s largest academic health care system. The collaboration aligns RWJBarnabas Health with Rutgers’ education, research, and clinical activities, including those at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey – the state's only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center – and Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care.

About Trinitas Regional Medical Center
Trinitas Regional Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, was established in 2000 following the consolidation of Elizabeth General Medical Center and St. Elizabeth Hospital. Previously in 1990, Elizabeth General acquired the Alexian Brothers Hospital, also in Elizabeth. The spirit of the three Elizabeth hospitals lives on in Trinitas, a major center for comprehensive health services for those who live and work in Central New Jersey. Trinitas is a Catholic teaching medical center with Catholic oversight provided by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth. With 12 Centers of Excellence across the continuum of care, Trinitas has distinguished itself in cardiology, cancer care, behavioral health, renal care, nursing education, diabetes management, wound healing, breast health, senior’s health care, women's health care, and sleep medicine.