South Jersey Health (SJH) System, doing business as South Jersey Healthcare, is happy to be stuck in the middle: The company operates health care facilities in an area midway between Atlantic City and Philadelphia. Some of those New Jersey facilities include the SJH Regional Medical Center, a more than 260-bed facility with specialty cancer and diagnostic centers, the 100-bed SJH Elmer Hospital, and the 65-bed SJH Bridgeton mental health and hospice facility. SJH also offers outpatient care, home care services, and a network of community-based health clinics and wellness programs. It has a staff of more than 200 physicians. In 2012 SJH merged with Underwood-Memorial Health Systems (UMHS).
The two New Jersey health organizations entered affiliation talks in mid-2011 and finalized a merger combination in late-2012. UMHS operates the 300-bed Underwood-Memorial Hospital and a number of outpatient facilities in the vicinity of Woodbury, New Jersey (just south of Philadelphia). SJH and UMHS, which will operate under a new system parent organization, believe that the transaction will help them better compete in the changing health care market as reform measures take effect in the next few years, including expected cuts to Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement levels.
SJH is also working to attract patients and increase its utilization rates (and hopefully bolster its income) by adding services and investing in upgrading equipment and facilities.
In 2012 SJH joined 15 other prominent New Jersey hospital systems and physician organizations as owners of QualCare Inc., New Jersey's largest provider-sponsored managed Care Company. QualCare serves more than 800,000 members that are currently enrolled in a full range of self-insured health and workers' compensation and liability products.
The company's properties include the SJH Regional Medical Center, in Vineland; the SJH Elmer Hospital, in Elmer; the SJH Bridgeton Health Center; and numerous outpatient sites throughout Cumberland, Salem, Gloucester, and Atlantic counties.
SJH operates centers of excellence in cancer, cardiology, surgery, and women's health. Its services and programs run the gamut from a full range of inpatient care options to outpatient care that includes radiology and medical imaging, lab and diagnostic services, and rehabilitation services. It also operates home care and hospice divisions, as well as adult day care and a service that helps area residents with home and personal chores.
SJH provides millions of dollars worth of charity care each year to un- and underinsured patients in the region. Of third-party payers, Medicare and Blue Cross contribute 30% and 23% respectively, to the SJH's total revenues; other HMOs, 19%; and Medicaid, 14%. The remainder of its third-party payer income is derived from commercial contracts, self-pay accounts, and charity care and state subsidies. Unfortunately for SJH, more than half of the payments it receives for providing medical services come from sources (including Medicare, Medicaid, charity care, self pay, and state subsidies) that reimburse the system at less than the cost of providing care.
The system began in 1898 as Bridgeton Hospital. – less