Lourdes Medical Center in Willingboro could become behavioral health, drug treatment hospital

Taken from the Burlington County News

By David Levinsky

January 20, 2019

The company’s future plan for the 173-bed Willingboro hospital was revealed in documents filed with the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office as part of the agency’s ongoing review of the proposed merger between the two South Jersey health care systems.

Virtua Health would transform Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County into a specialty hospital for behavioral health and addiction treatment if the health care giant’s planned merger with Lourdes Health moves forward.

The company’s future plan for the 173-bed, full-service Willingboro hospital was detailed in documents filed with the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office as part of the state’s ongoing review of the proposed merger between the two South Jersey health care systems.

The proposed deal also calls for Virtua to acquire Our Lady of Lourdes in Camden and develop it into Virtua’s “destination site” for cardiac care, and for Virtua to acquire Lourdes’ nursing school, medical associates and cardiology offices. Lourdes also operates a satellite emergency department at the Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Pemberton Township that would come under Virtua’s control if the acquisition is approved and finalized.

The deal is subject to the review of the Attorney General Office’s under the state Community Health Care Assets Protection Act, also known as CHAPA, which requires all hospital and health care system mergers or sales to serve the public interest.

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