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Thursday, December 13, 2012 - Millville Rescue Squad and South Jersey Healthcare Explore Expanded Relationship

Millville Rescue Squad (MRS) and South Jersey Healthcare (SJH) announced today that their boards of directors have given their approval to explore an expanded relationship between the two organizations.

“As the landscape of healthcare, pre-hospital emergency medical services and medical transportation rapidly changes, our organizations see many positive opportunities to strengthen our long-standing partnership,” said John Redden, MRS chief executive officer. “Ultimately we both want to continue to provide our community with excellent care. By sharing resources, we may be able to more effectively navigate the ongoing changes in clinical practices and state regulatory requirements, as well as negotiate more effectively with payers and government agencies.”

MRS and SJH have a strong business relationship that dates back to the signing of a transportation agreement in 1998. Since then, the organizations have worked cooperatively to develop numerous programs and procedures to assure safe and timely transportation of their mutual patients.

“Both SJH and MRS have experienced significant growth and expansion during the past 14 years,” said Wayne Schiffner, SJH executive vice president and chief strategy officer. “We share the goal of providing the highest quality of care as demonstrated by our status as a Magnet Hospital and MRS’s national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services. With this mutual focus on clinical excellence and efficiencies, we feel that an expanded partnership could not only benefit our organizations, but also the entire region.”

Next steps will include the development and signing of a letter of intent that formalizes the exploration process. This will be followed by a due diligence period, during which both organizations can examine options for a legal relationship that most effectively helps them achieve their common goals.

Millville Rescue Squad provides emergency and non-emergency medical transportation and rescue services to its community with the highest standards of care possible, at the lowest cost possible. The organization is committed to providing total “high performance emergency medical services” with a strong focus on changes to innovate a broader spectrum of sophisticated and expanded services to better serve the entire community. 

South Jersey Healthcare is a nonprofit, integrated health care system, providing access to a continuum of health services. SJH provides hospital services, numerous community health clinics, home health services, and specialty services, which serve the medical and health care needs of southern New Jersey residents. Please visit www.sjhealthcare.net to learn more.