Health care is not rare at Raritan Bay Medical Center (RBMC). The non-profit center operates two hospitals in central New Jersey: its Perth Amboy facility has about 390 beds, and its Old Bridge hospital has more than 110 beds. RBMC provides acute care and emergency services, as well as outpatient care through the Joseph S. Yewaisis Outpatient Center. Its Perth Amboy location provides specialized women's and children's care and treatment for drug addiction. Additionally, RBMC operates the Charles E. Gregory School of Nursing in Old Bridge and is affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. It is also affiliated with the Cancer Institute of New Jersey.
With more than 500 physicians on its staff, RBMC offers a broad range of services including medical and surgical services, general and critical care, diagnostic imaging and lab services, emergency and interventional cardiac and same-day surgery services, and specialized maternity and pediatric services, as well as adult behavioral health services.
The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services has designated RBMC as a Primary Stroke Center in recognition of its emergency treatment of stroke patients. In 2012 RBMC also received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award.
This recognition is helpful to RBMC as it works to build its revenues after several years of multi-million dollar losses amid the current tenuous environment of health care reform in which the number of Medicaid patients it will serve are certain to increase. (At one point, RBMC planned to sell its Old Bridge operations to save the Perth Amboy hospital.) To survive, RBMC strives to differentiate its services, as with the establishment of its human motion institute for musculoskeletal treatment and such orthopedic services as joint replacement and rehabilitation. Additionally, the center is working to streamline its operations and cuts costs. To that end, RBMC has reduced its ancillary staff and cut the length of stay for the Medicaid patients it serves.
The Perth Amboy hospital opened its doors in 1902 with 12 beds and a six-member medical staff; the nursing school opened in 1903. – less