New Jersey health systems complete merger

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Marlton, N.J.-based Virtua Health completed its acquisition of Camden, N.J.-based Lourdes Health System July 1, creating an organization with 280 care locations and more than 13,000 employees.

Virtua said the transaction will reshape healthcare in south New Jersey by combining the care Virtua provides with the specialized care Lourdes provides — particularly in cardiovascular surgery, complex neurosurgery and transplant services areas.

“The value we place on the patient experience and performance improvement — coupled with our commitment to quality and community involvement — will make a tremendous impact on the health and well-being of the patients we serve,” Dennis W. Pullin, president and CEO of Virtua, said in a news release.

The acquisition has been a monthslong process. Talks started when Carbondale, Pa.-based Maxis Health — the parent company of Lourdes and a subsidiary of Livonia, Mich.-based Trinity Health—  entered into a nonbinding agreement March 8, 2018, to sell Lourdes to Virtua. The boards of Maxis and Virtua signed a definitive agreement to proceed with the deal in June 2018. Last month — after regulatory review from New Jersey and federal agencies — New Jersey Superior Court Judge Paula Dow approved the transaction, according to Virtua.

Through the acquisition, Virtua has taken ownership of Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden, Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County, Lourdes Medical Associates and Lourdes Cardiology Services.

The combined organization has more than 100 buildings and 2,850 clinicians.



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