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Middlesex County and RWJBarnabas Health Announce Long-Term Care Facility Partnership

July 23, 2018
​Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios  and Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer, RWJBarnabas Health, shake hands to mark the announcement of a partnership regarding the County’s two long-term care facilities.

​(New Brunswick) – The County of Middlesex announced today that it will be entering into a partnership with RWJBarnabas Health to manage the Roosevelt Care Centers, the County’s long-term care facilities, to bring the most medically advanced care available to Middlesex County.

“We are very excited to forge this partnership with RWJBarnabas Health, the state’s largest health care provider. It will enable Middlesex County to continue offering access to high quality, long-term care in a cost-effective way, with best-in-class services,” said Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “This partnership will continue the County’s history of providing cutting-edge services through innovation to remain current and competitive.”

RWJBarnabas Health already provides world-class health care services across Middlesex County communities, including locations in New Brunswick, Carteret, Edison, Metuchen, Monroe, North Brunswick, and Old Bridge. 

“RWJBarnabas Health has leadership and demonstrated expertise in the field of geriatrics,” said Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer, RWJBarnabas Health. “We are eager for the opportunity to expand our existing system geriatrics quality initiatives to the nursing home environment.”

This new partnership will preserve and expand upon the quality of care residents have been receiving at the Roosevelt Care Centers, including a renewed emphasis on more therapeutic activity, and a greater focus on improving care for residents and their families, including residents who do not have families and find themselves living alone in long-term care facilities. Middlesex County is currently one of only four counties still to own and operate long-term care facilities.

“Our members have provided quality, exceptional care to residents at Roosevelt Care Centers for many years,” said Linda Kukor of the Communication Workers of America Local 1065, which represents over 200 caregivers.  “This partnership puts together a long-term strategy to ensure Roosevelt continues to serve the community while honoring the union contract and providing job security for our members.” 

The agreement is anticipated to be finalized by the end of the year.  

​New Brunswick Mayor James Cahill (from left), John Gantner, President & CEO, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Jack Morris, Chairman of the Board for RWJBarnabas Health, Freeholder Blanquita B. Valenti, Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios, Jeff Scott of the Communications Workers of America Local 1065, Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer, RWJBarnabas Health, Freeholder Deputy Director Charles E. Tomaro and Middlesex County Administrator John Pulomena gathered for the announcement.​

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