A letter of intent for a proposed merger between Hackensack Meridian Health and JFK Health, which includes a co-branding, was announced Thursday morning.
JFK said in a statement the system was looking for partners that would help “enhance its clinical services, increase access to services for patients and their families and further support JFK Health’s population health initiatives.”
It will also provide a boost for the two entities in light of the anticipated 2018 opening of the Seton Hall and Hackensack Meridian medical school.
Hackensack Meridian Health co-CEO Robert Garrett said the students at the school now have an additional rotation location within the JFK hospitals.
JFK had previously been in talks with RWJBarnabas for some time, a spokesperson told NJBIZ.
But the letter of intent points to an entirely different dynamic for JFK and the state’s second largest system.