Inspira Health cuts ribbon, marking addition of Salem Medical Center

The mission of Inspira Health has remained constant for well over a century: Provide and increase access to high-quality health care in South Jersey.

Last week, the system took another step in that direction as it held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the addition of Salem Medical Center to its comprehensive health care system.

The partnership between Inspira Health and Salem Medical Center — which is now known as Salem Medical Center, an affiliate of Inspira Health — includes Salem Medical Center’s hospital building, ambulatory surgery center and physician offices.

The full integration of Salem into Inspira Health is expected to take 12-24 months. Inspira Health CEO Amy Mansue said she is eager to continue on that journey.

“It has been an honor to meet many of the newest members of the Inspira family and thank them for their unwavering commitment to their patients and the greater Salem community,” she said. “I’m grateful for all you have done and the warm welcome our leadership team has received as we work to enhance staffing to increase access, elevate the patient experience and build a healthier South Jersey, together.”

The event, held last Friday, drew a number of federal, state and local officials — including New Jersey Commissioner of Health Judy Persichilli and U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-2nd Dist.).

Lydia Stockman, chief administration officer for Inspira Medical Center, said the team at Inspira is ready to make a difference.

“We have an incredible opportunity to find new ways to innovate and care for our communities,” she said. “We have a chance to redefine what quality health care means for South Jersey, and I am confident we can continue to stabilize, strengthen and build on the services Salem Medical Center, an affiliate of Inspira Health, provides.”

Salem Medical Center, which officially became an affiliate of Inspira Health and joined the Inspira Health Network last December, includes approximately 350 employees and a 225-member medical staff. The hospital has served the community for more than 100 years.

Inspira Health, a charitable nonprofit health care organization, also is a regional leader in physician training with approximately 234 medical residents and fellows in 14 nationally accredited programs at its hospitals in Vineland, Mullica Hill and Elmer.

Inspira Health, which traces its roots to 1899, comprises three hospitals, two comprehensive cancer centers, eight multispecialty health centers and more than 200 access points. These include urgent care; outpatient imaging and rehabilitation; sleep medicine labs; cardiac testing facilities; behavioral health, digestive health and wound care centers; home care and hospice; and more than 35 primary and specialty physician practices in Gloucester, Cumberland, Salem, Camden and Atlantic counties. Additionally, Inspira EMS services six South Jersey counties.

Inspira Health has a 1,200-member medical staff and more than 7,000 employees.