NJU is considered one of the leading urology practices in the U.S., Summit Health officials said. Westmed, meanwhile, is a multispecialty medical practice with locations in Westchester County, New York, and Fairfield County, Connecticut.
Both NJU and Westmed will initially continue to operate under their current brands as “A Summit Health Company.”
Summit Health CEO Jeff Alter said the partnerships will only increase Summit Health’s brand as a premier integrated network of urgent, primary and specialty care in the tri-state area, but specifically New Jersey.
“An important lesson of this pandemic is how vital it is to expand access to care,” he said. “The addition of Westmed and NJU enables Summit Health to meet the needs of even more patients through our highly connected care model.
“Health care remains a local phenomenon, and this expansion will help show that, the more we can develop a longstanding relationship with a patient — however they enter our network — the better we can deliver positive outcomes and manage quality care while controlling costs.”
The partnerships increase the reach of the Berkeley Heights-based group to more than 2,500 providers, 12,000 employees and over 340 locations in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Central Oregon.
The addition of NJU greatly enhances Summit Health’s urologic service line and complements its cancer services.
Dr. Martin Goldstein, president of NJU, will serve as chief of urology at Summit Health.
“NJU’s more than 150 urologists, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists and clinicians have chosen to partner with Summit Health due to our shared commitment to the highest quality of integrated patient care,” Goldstein said.
The integrations will also create new opportunities for further expansion into adjacent areas. As Summit Health continues to grow to meet evolving patient needs, it will explore thoughtful, strategic combinations that are culturally aligned and that help fill clinical, geographic or operational gaps.
Viceroy said he is eager to get to work.
“Westmed and Summit Health share a vision of health care delivery and a commitment to the health of our patients,” he said. “By leveraging Summit Health’s expertise in coordinated, value-based primary and specialty care, the newly bolstered organization will create a uniquely accessible comprehensive care delivery model and allow us to play a greater role in the health of our communities.”