Somerset Medical Centers board of trustees has announced the facility will pursue a merger with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, N.J.
“Choosing Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital as Somerset Medical Centers partner allows us the best opportunity to continue our mission of providing premier-quality, comprehensive healthcare services to residents of Central New Jersey well into the future as we have for more than 100 years,” Paul V. Stahlin, chairman of Somersets board, said in a news release.
Somerville-based Somerset Medical Center is a 355-bed hospital that has earned Magnet recognition for its nursing care. Robert Wood Johnson is a 600-bed academic medical center.
“Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Somerset Medical Center have enjoyed a long, positive relationship, working with many of the same talented physicians to serve our community,” Stephen K. Jones, president and CEO of Robert Wood Johnson Hospital and Health System, said in the release. “We seek to build on this history and better position both organizations for future success.”
The merger will be subject to state and federal regulatory review, according to the release.
“We are very close to finalizing the necessary definitive agreement documents between both organizations and look forward to officially sharing that news,” Stahlin said.