Barnabas Health and Robert Wood Johnson University Health Systems announced the completion of their merger on Thursday.

The new entity, known as RWJBarnabas Health, will reach about five million people—about half the state of New Jersey. 

Under the new entity, Barnabas Health president and CEO Barry H. Ostrowsky is RWJBarnabas Health’s president and CEO. Former Robert Wood Johnson Health System and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital president and CEO Stephen K. Jones will serve as Chief Academic Officer in the Office of the President.

“By joining together, we have created the most comprehensive health system in the state, which will enable us to effect the kind of change in the health of our communities that our two separate systems could not do alone,” said Ostrowsky. “Our partnership also means a greater level of diversity in every respect—diversity in thought, clinical care delivery and workforce—a true reflection of New Jersey and of the people we serve.”

RWJBarnabas Health is now New Jersey’s second-largest private employer, with more than 32,000 employees and 9,000 physicians. The company said it expects to train more than 1000 residents and interns annually. 

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