Atlantic Health to open surgery center in Lopatcong in joint venture with Pa. network

Atlantic Health System has signed a definitive agreement to partner with Pennsylvania-based Coordinated Health on an ambulatory surgery center in Lopatcong Township, it announced Sunday.

Coordinated Health will manage the day-to-day operations of the surgical center, which will offer outpatient surgery in dentistry, ophthalmology, general surgery, gastroenterology, orthopedic surgery, pain management, plastic surgery, podiatry and urology.

The center, which will be located next to an existing Coordinated Health Phillipsburg medical office building at 222 Red School Lane, is expected to open in November.

The organizations hope the center will enhance access to surgical care for New Jersey residents living near the Pennsylvania border. And they hope it is the first of additional collaborative joint ventures in the future.

Coordinated Health is an integrated health care network with locations throughout eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey. The company employs more than 1,400 personnel across 18 multispecialty medical campuses, including two hospitals, two ambulatory surgical centers, six walk-in care centers and an inpatient rehabilitation suite.

Amy Perry, CEO hospital division, senior vice president, integrated care delivery, for Atlantic Health System, said she feels the agreement will improve services in western New Jersey.

“We are pleased to partner with Coordinated Health as we continue to seek new ways to fulfill our mission of delivering high quality, innovative and personalized health care, to build healthier communities in western New Jersey,” she said in a release.

“This partnership is another example of how we are increasing access for our patients to our system and the health care services they need and deserve in their community.”

Perry said patients who are diagnosed in the greater Phillipsburg area often are sent to Pennsylvania for treatment and/or surgery. The facility will enable patients in the region to receive care close to home, in an outpatient, ambulatory care setting, while providing the same or higher quality of care at lower costs.

Coordinated Health CEO Emi Dilorio said the partnership can serve as a model.

“Atlantic Health System is an innovator in health care and an ideal partner to collaborate with on new ventures,” he said. “This ASC will serve as a model for value-based care, which is a focus that both of our organizations share.”

Amy Nyberg, president and chief operating officer of Coordinated Health, agreed.

“Warren County patients can now stay close to home to receive high-quality surgical care,” she said. “Through this joint venture with Atlantic Health System, we are providing Warren County with the higher-quality, lower-cost care they deserve.”