Atlantic Health, CentraState announce clinical affiliation to enhance community health care

By Emily Bader
Morristown | Feb 18, 2020 at 7:59 am

Atlantic Health System and CentraState Healthcare System have partnered to advance specialty health care services in Central Jersey, the two systems announced on Tuesday.

Through the clinical affiliation, CentraState’s oncology and neuroscience programs will be enhanced through the combination of Atlantic Health System’s specialists and clinical and research activities. In addition, both systems will share a technology platform to coordinate clinical knowledge, best practices and patient care.

“The goal of this agreement is to introduce clinical enhancements that will allow CentraState to increase the breadth of services we can offer to the patients in our service area for complex illnesses like cancer and neurological disorders,” John T. Gribbin, CentraState CEO and president, said. “Atlantic Health matched the profile and embraced the shared philosophy we were looking for in a partnership more than any other potential affiliate. We are pleased to partner with them in bringing advanced clinical services to our community normally found only in academic medical centers outside our community.”

In recent years, CentraState has worked with Atlantic Health System, starting as a member of the statewide Healthcare Transformation Consortium, launched in 2018. More recently, CentraState became a participating member of Atlantic Health System Cancer Care Research network as well as a primary affiliate of the Atlantic Health Care Consortium National Community Oncology Research Program.

“We are excited to make care more accessible for patients throughout north and central New Jersey by enhancing our relationship with CentraState,” Brian Gragnolati, CEO and president, Atlantic Health System, said.  “As demonstrated through the success of our ongoing collaborations, uniting the strengths and talents of our great teams delivers better experiences and outcomes for all of our patients.”

Through the affiliation, the two systems will work together in three key areas:

  • Cancer services, including the addition of more cancer care programs as well as greater access to cancer trials and grant applications;
  • Neurosciences, including the expansion of research into MS, more access to neuro-hospitalist programs, additional physician experts in movement and Parkinson’s disease, and greater access to diagnostic technology at Overlook Medical Center;
  • Information technology, including the development of Information Technology Networks to share clinical and technical data through a common platform.
Emily Bader | ebader@roi-nj.com | @emilybader