RWJBarnabas Health And Rutgers University Announce New Partnership Creating The State’s Premier Academic Health Care System

RWJBH and Rutgers University Agreement

Pictured seated left to right: Brian Strom, Chancellor, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and CEO, RWJBarnabas Health, Robert Barchi, President, Rutgers University, Vincente Gracias, President and CEO, Rutgers Health Group; standing left to right: Jack Morris, Chair, RWJBarnabas Health Board of Trustees, Marc E. Berson, Vice Chair, RWJBarnabas Health Board of Trustees and Kathleen Bramwell, Senior Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. –RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers University today announced plans to partner and create the state’s largest academic health care system dedicated to providing high-quality patient care, leading-edge research and world-class health and medical education that will transform and advance health care in New Jersey.

Rutgers University President Robert Barchi, RWJBarnabas Health President and CEO Barry H. Ostrowsky and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Chancellor Brian Strom provided details of the new partnership outlined in a formal Letter of Intent during a ceremony at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey in New Brunswick.

The new venture will enhance the delivery and accessibility of evidence-based health care across the state; boost the recruitment of prominent academic, research and clinical practitioners; and strengthen the advancement of health science innovation and education.

This collaboration aligns RWJBarnabas Health, New Jersey’s largest health care system; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; and Rutgers Health Group -- a faculty practice of approximately 1,000 Rutgers-employed physicians, dentists, psychologists, nurses, pharmacists and other health care professionals. This alliance will result in a multi-specialty group comprised of more than 2,500 practitioners – one of the largest medical groups in the country.

“The affiliation between Rutgers and RWJBarnabas Health to create the premier academic health care system in the state will accelerate the recruitment of world-class clinician-investigators to our health sciences faculty,” said President Barchi. “It will also provide our students with outstanding clinical and research opportunities. The commitment of RWJBarnabas Health to fund research and educational expansion at Rutgers will further propel us to national leadership in academic health care and biomedical research.”

“The foundation of this exciting new partnership is built on the long-standing strengths and reputation of two great organizations,” said Mr. Ostrowsky. “The clinical delivery of services will be managed and led by RWJBarnabas Health in coordination with Rutgers and the academic and research functions will be managed and led by Rutgers in coordination with RWJBarnabas Health. Together, we are solidifying our commitment to drive advanced research and invest in the health and wellness of the people in our communities throughout the region for many years to come.”

The new collaboration will align RWJBarnabas Health with Rutgers’ education, research and clinical activities, including those at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care.

Patients throughout New Jersey will benefit from increased access to providers across disciplines, including physicians, nurses, dentists, physician assistants, pharmacists, social workers, and behavioral health and addiction professionals. Patients will eventually have access to the newly developed centers of excellence, including groundbreaking medical research and clinical innovation, and to clinicians who are leading scholars and faculty in their fields.

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