Hackensack University Medical Center announces joint venture with community physicians and USPI

Published on September 29, 2012 at 2:08 AM · No Comments

Hackensack University Medical Center has announced a joint venture partnership with community physicians and United Surgical Partners International (USPI) in the acquisition and operation of two ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) in Bergen County: Hackensack Endoscopy Center (HEC) and Endoscopy Center of Bergen County (ECBC).

"In order to remain competitive in this healthcare market, we have chosen to partner with both USPI, a leader in the ambulatory surgery industry, as well as leading regional physicians, to own and operate outpatient surgery centers," said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of Hackensack University Health Network. "This partnership is another example of how Hackensack University Health Network is successfully aligning with physicians to position itself for growth and future success under healthcare reform. We believe this partnership will serve the needs of our patients across the full spectrum of healthcare services."

"This venture represents an innovative partnership between some of the region's leading physicians and the nationally-renowned HackensackUMC to provide outpatient care at two of the state's highest-quality ASCs.  Our hope is to facilitate the integration of inpatient and outpatient care into a continuum to ensure the highest standards of both for our patients," said Steven R. Leibowitz, M.D., a regional physician leader in gastroenterology and physician owner.

Eric Avezzano, M.D., one of the physician owners and medical director of Endoscopy Center of Bergen County (ECBC), said, "This partnership brings the ideal combination of physicians, hospital and ambulatory industry experts together to ensure high-quality, affordable care for our patients and a business arrangement that will yield success under healthcare reform."

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