Palisades Medical Center and Hackensack University Health Network Sign Affiliation Agreement

Palisades Medical Center and Hackensack University Health Network have signed an affiliation agreement to collaborate and expand clinical programs and services, further improving the high-quality medical care Palisades provides patients in Hudson and southern Bergen County. The new affiliation agreement will supersede the prior clinical affiliation agreement made between the two medical centers earlier this year.

"This partnership is a great opportunity for both Hackensack University Health Network and Palisades to utilize our respective strengths in the best way possible while sharing resources and best practices," said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of Hackensack University Health Network. "Palisades Medical Center has already established a reputation for quality care, and we are committed to continuing this mission with them. We look forward to a longstanding, successful relationship."

In The Photo

(above, from left) Bruce J. Markowitz, President and CEO of Palisades Medical Center; Theresa de Leon, Chairman of the Board, Palisades Medical Center; James Napolitano, Chairman of the Hackensack University Health Network; and Robert C. Garrett, President and CEO of Hackensack University Health Network, pose for a photo after signing the clinical affiliation contract at Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen on Thursday, June 28, 2012.

This partnership between Hackensack University Health Network and Palisades, a 202-bed facility in North Bergen, N.J., will benefit patients by strengthening and supporting Palisades' existing programs and bringing additional state-of-the-art care and specialized diagnostic and medical treatments to the surrounding resident and business communities of northern Hudson County and lower Bergen County. The collaboration agreement also will foster a closer working relationship between the medical staff and physicians at both hospitals, both complementing and supplementing the medical and surgical services already available at Palisades.

"For more than 30 years, Palisades has dedicated itself to providing superior healthcare," said Bruce J. Markowitz, president and chief executive officer of Palisades Medical Center. "It is our imperative to develop a relationship with a medical institution that shares our commitment and mission to the communities that we serve. We look forward to our partnership with an award-winning medical center, such as Hackensack University Medical Center, to strengthen our current programs and plan for the future."

Under the terms of the agreement, Hackensack University Medical Center's clinical resources will support Palisades' existing programs, while also enhancing the overall level of diagnostics, treatment, and technology. Hackensack University Medical Center also is committed to expanding the availability of physicians and to supporting additional specialty care programs.

About Hackensack University Health Network

Hackensack University Health Network is the non-profit, New Jersey-based parent company of HackensackUMC, the HackensackUMC Foundation, Hackensack University HealthPartners Medical Group, and corporate joint venture partners with LHP Hospital Group (Dallas, TX) in ownership of two hospitals: HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley and Mountainside Hospital. With more than 9,000 employees and 2,200 credentialed medical staff members at hospitals within the Network, Hackensack University Health Network is the largest healthcare system in northern New Jersey. The Network has current clinical collaborations and affiliations with Hackettstown Regional Medical Center and Saint Clare’s Health System. For more information, go to www.HackensackUMC.org.

About Palisades Medical Center

Palisades Medical Center is located in North Bergen, NJ, and serves a population of 400,000 in Hudson and Southern Bergen Counties. The Medical Center features a 202-bed hospital and The Harborage, a 245-bed nursing home and rehabilitation center. The State of New Jersey's annual healthcare report card ranked Palisades as one of the top hospitals in the state and #1 in Hudson County. Palisades was also one of only two hospitals in New Jersey to receive a perfect 100% score in treating heart attack patients. The State's annual evaluation showed that The Harborage at Palisades has "Zero Deficiencies" — a result that is earned by only 3% of nursing homes. For more information, go to www.palisadesmedical.org.