In June 2013, HackensackUMC announced a new cardiac services alliance with Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center (GSRMC), a member of Bon Secours Charity Health System, in Suffern, NY. The alliance, between HackensackUMC’s Heart & Vascular Hospital and the Active International Cardiovascular Institute at GSRMC, increases collaboration among the award-winning cardiac and vascular centers. HackensackUMC physicians provide clinical support and direct patient care at the GSRMC Active Cardiovascular Institute’s facility. This affiliation marks the only complete cardiovascular program in the lower Hudson Valley. Since the Cardiovascular Services Alliance began, HackensackUMC cardiac surgeons have performed nearly 240 heart surgeries at Good Samaritan — 158 in 2014 alone as of December.
In March of 2014, Hackensack University Health Network established a new partnership with New York-based CityMD to open urgent care centers during the next few years in northern New Jersey. CityMD currently has more than 40 urgent care centers in the New York metro area, including 23 in New York City. This partnership marks the first expansion into urgent care centers for our Network, and the centers will be located in Bergen, Hudson, Passaic and Essex counties and Rockland County, NY.
In September of 2013, Hackensack University Health Network entered 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 of its kind 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).
The consortium carries out joint activities in the areas of patient care services, research and education to improve patient and population health and create more affordable healthcare. This partnership is not a merger; it is an alliance with some of the nation’s best health systems to achieve very specific goals.
The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and Department of Surgery at HackensackUMC announced its collaboration with the NYU Langone Medical Center’s Division of Pediatric Surgery in February of 2012. As part of this collaboration, a team of three physicians from NYU Langone Medical Center’s Division of Pediatric Surgery joined an advanced practice nurse and a pediatric surgeon from HackensackUMC’s pediatric surgery team to provide the highest quality of surgical care to patients.
In March of 2012, Hackensack University Health Network and the North Shore-LIJ Health System announced an agreement to establish a strategic alliance. The new alliance explores opportunities for joint programs and initiatives, including but not limited to: establishing cooperative programs to promote quality and patient safety; improving care management programs in preparation for migration to new health reform-based care models; promoting and supporting co-operative programs associated with community health needs; developing joint clinical research projects and programs to advance education and medical science; establishing referral arrangements for specialty clinical care; developing joint information technology programs, such as application hosting or data storage; and jointly exploring the establishment or expansion of affiliated federally qualified health centers. North Shore-LIJ is the nation’s second largest, nonprofit, secular healthcare system, comprised of 15 hospitals, long-term care facilities and more than 200 ambulatory care centers throughout New York City and Long Island.
Hackensack University Health Network enjoys various models of employment partnerships with approximately 500 physicians throughout the region. Ranging from sub-specialists to pediatric specialists to primary care, and with an extensive network of cardiovascular specialists - these medical groups help to improve efficiency and streamline care, strengthening the core of its provider base. The Hackensack University Medical Group is the largest member of the Hackensack Alliance ACO.
MinuteClinic, the retail healthcare division of CVS Caremark, partnered with Hackensack University Health Network in May of 2012, in a clinical affiliation that expands access to convenient, affordable healthcare services in northeast New Jersey. Under the agreement, HackensackUMC physicians serve as medical directors for seven MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics inside select CVS/pharmacy stores in Bergen, Passaic and Hudson counties and parts of Essex County. MinuteClinic and HackensackUMC collaborate on patient education and disease management initiatives, and refer patients to one another when clinically appropriate. HackensackUMC accepts patients requiring a level of care not provided by MinuteClinic; while MinuteClinic offers patients walk-in services for common family illnesses and wellness and prevention services, such as health condition monitoring. In February of 2014, Hackensack University Health Network proudly applauded CVS Caremark’s decision to stop selling cigarettes and all tobacco products at its more than 7,600 national stores by October of 2014.
In September of 2012, HackensackUMC formed a joint venture partnership with community physicians and United Surgical Partners International (USPI) in the acquisition and operation of two ambulatory surgery centers in Bergen County: Hackensack Endoscopy Center and Endoscopy Center of Bergen County. Under the partnership, HackensackUMC and USPI own a joint venture company that partners with physicians to own and operate a network of outpatient ASCs in the region.
Hackensack Physician-Hospital Alliance: In April 2012, HackensackAlliance ACO announced it was one of the first 27 ACOs selected to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (Shared Savings Program) Accountable Care Organization (ACO), a multifaceted program sponsored by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The ACO entered into an agreement with Medicare to take responsibility for the quality of care furnished to individual beneficiaries in return for the opportunity to share in any savings with the Medicare program for improved care. The ACO started with covering 13,000 lives and has now grown to nearly 40,000. In September 2014, CMS announced that HackensackAlliance ACO has generated $10.75 million in savings and is receiving a $5.27 million payment for Earned Shared Savings.
In October 2014, Hackensack University Health Network partnered with Aetna to introduce a new Medicare Advantage plan that became available in October throughout 10 counties in northern New Jersey. This plan launched in January 2015 in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Morris, Passaic, Union, Somerset, Sussex and Warren counties. The plan, titled the Aetna Medicare NNJ Prime Plan, is a Medicare Advantage HMO (health maintenance organization) based on a network of three New Jersey health systems and their affiliated physicians and providers. This product marks the Network’s first entrance into the insurance market. Together with two other New Jersey health systems - Atlantic Health System and Hunterdon Healthcare System – Hackensack University Health Network coordinates care to provide high quality, efficient, convenient and affordable care to New Jersey Medicare beneficiaries.
In March of 2014, HackensackAlliance ACO entered into an agreement with the state’s largest health insurer, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ). This collaborative ACO agreement improves care and patient outcomes for more than 16,000 Horizon BCBSNJ members. Under this ACO agreement, Horizon BCBSNJ provide care coordination payments to the ACO to take on additional accountability for improving the health and patient experience as well as controlling the cost of care for its Horizon BCBSNJ patients. HackensackAlliance ACO - provided it meets certain health improvement, patient satisfaction and cost goals - has an opportunity to share in the resulting financial savings with Horizon BCBSNJ.
Hackensack University Health Network’s helicopter, AirMed One, has completed approximately 700 flights since first becoming operational on April 5, 2012. The helicopter, which is stationed at Greenwood Lake Airport in West Milford, continues to be a valuable resource for the region for providing critical care in the air. As Hackensack University Health Network continues to grow, it looks forward to continuing to provide life-saving services, such as AirMed One to its affiliate hospitals and beyond.
Hackensack University Health Network remains committed to improving the health of not only our patients - but of our entire community - through population health management.
In late 2013, HackensackUMC teamed up with the New York Football Giants and Fitness & Wellness Professional Services to open a new, state-of-the-art wellness center on Route 17 in Maywood, NJ. This dynamic 112,000-square-foot center offers everything to get and keep the community well, and is one of the largest of its kind in New Jersey.
The 75,000-square-feet of fitness space features: state-of-the-art cardio and strength training equipment; an aquatic center featuring three saltwater filtered pools; sports performance training area; quarterly nurse assessments; more than 150 group fitness classes weekly; personal training evaluations; BEYOND Day Spa; complimentary child care; Sal’s Good Eats; and healthy cooking demos, support groups and other medically-based programs guided by its Medical Advisory Board.
There is 35,000-square-feet of space dedicated to wellness and medical needs, including: behavioral health, Health Awareness Regional Program, the Molly Diabetes Education/Management Center for Adults and Children, the Institute for Breast Care, physical therapy and rehabilitation, and the Debra Simon Center for Integrative Medicine, a wellness pavilion including chiropractic care, acupuncture, and on-site Corporate Health and Wellness services. The center continues to grow with thousands of members; serving nearly 40,000 patients since it's opening.
In 2012, HackensackUMC secured an extension of its NY Giants partnership to 2020. In 2009, HackensackUMC teamed up with the legendary New York Football Giants to form The Touchdown Fund: Score for Kids, Cardiac and Cancer. This exclusive charitable partnership between the NY Giants and HackensackUMC has raised more than $2 million for our Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, Heart & Vascular Hospital and the John Theurer Cancer Center. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital for the NY Giants.
In September 2012, Hackensack University Health Network teamed up with the New York Red Bulls professional soccer team for a six-year partnership. As part of this partnership, physicians from HackensackUMC provide medical treatment to the Red Bulls’ players, and Hackensack University Health Network receives in-stadium branding at the Red Bull Arena, a 25,000-seat soccer-specific stadium in Harrison, NJ, known as the top venue of its kind in the country.
In 2013, Hackensack University Health Network was the only hospital in New Jersey selected by the NY/NJ Super Bowl XLVIII Host Committee to serve as one of three “Official Health Services Providers” for the 2014 Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. Together with the Hospital for Special Surgery and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, the three hospitals provided comprehensive care for Super Bowl XLVIII. HackensackUMC’s Mobile Satellite Emergency Department (NJ-MSED) units were stationed at MetLife Stadium the week of January 26 through gameday and provided patients with high-quality mobile healthcare. AirMed One, the Network helicopter, was also on standby during Super Bowl events. Numerous patients were seen in the NJ-MSED during the week of Super Bowl.
In August 2014, Hackensack University Health Network served as Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament. As a partner in charity, The Barclays made a charitable donation to the HackensackUMC Foundation based on the total number of volunteers who registered with Team HackensackUHN.