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Maximum impact: How size is helping RWJBarnabas Health fulfill mission of social responsibility

June 4, 2019 | ROI-NJ | Tom Bergeron

Jack Morris smiled at the thought.


The acquisitions, the mergers, the connections to medical schools and cancer centers — all of the things that helped Barnabas Health transform into RWJBarnabas Health — were not just for show. Or the bottom line.


Morris, the chair of RWJBarnabas Health, said they were being done strategically. And for maximum impact.


The latest example of that came Monday afternoon in New Brunswick, when RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, in partnership with New Brunswick Development Corp., announced the Cancer Pavilion, a state-of-the-art, freestanding facility that those involve feel can change the course of cancer treatment in the state.


“We weren’t doing this just so we could buy gauze pads cheaper,” Morris told ROI-NJ.


No, the building of the system was for the benefit of the state, he said.


“This is where the size pays off,” Morris said. “This was my commitment.


“We weren’t just having mergers so we could say we’re the largest health care system in the state. We had to make a difference. And I think just shows the type of difference that we’re going to make and we’re going to continue to make.”