Nov 2, 2018 RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers University Hosts Academic Health Symposium

RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers University Hosts Academic Health Symposium

Left to right: Robert L. Barchi, President, Rutgers University; Brian Strom, Chancellor, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences; Sherine Gabriel, Dean, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; David Blumenthal, M.D., President, The Commonwealth Fund; Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer, RWJBarnabas Health; Robert L. Johnson, Dean, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School; Frank Pallone, Jr., Congressman, 6th District of NJ.


New Brunswick, NJ, November 2, 2018 – RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers University recently hosted an Academic Health Symposium to discuss the core challenges facing the U.S health care system. The symposium was held at the Rutgers Livingston Student Center and was the first in a planned symposia series hosted by RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers on the implications that the challenges facing the country’s health care system have on New Jersey.

The event began with a keynote address by Dr. David Blumenthal, President of the Commonwealth Fund, a national philanthropy engaged in independent research on health and social policy issues, and continued with a panel discussion featuring Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., Congressman of the 6th District of NJ; Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer of RWJBarnabas Health; Brian Strom, Chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences; among other Rutgers and RWJBarnabas Health experts who spoke highlighting how the partnership between RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers is addressing the health care challenges in New Jersey.

“The partnership is about how we are best mobilized to have an impact on our New Jersey citizens,” said Mr. Ostrowsky. “Today is a celebration of this historic partnership and it excites me that we have a partnership that is culturally and philosophically aligned.”

In July, RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers University announced the official launch of their public-private partnership to jointly operate a world-class academic health system dedicated to life-changing research, clinical training of tomorrow’s health care workforce, and high-quality patient care, consistent with the missions of Rutgers and RWJBarnabas Health. The venture is enhancing the delivery and accessibility of evidence-based health care across the state, boosting the recruitment of prominent academic, research and clinical practitioners and strengthening the advancement of health science innovation and education.

ABOUT RWJBarnabas Health
RWJBarnabas Health is the largest, most comprehensive health care system in New Jersey, with a service area covering nine counties with five million people. The system includes eleven acute care hospitals – Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Community Medical Center in Toms River, Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, RWJUH, RWJUH Somerset in Somerville, RWJUH Hamilton, RWJUH Rahway and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston; three acute care children’s hospitals and a leading pediatric rehabilitation hospital (Children’s Specialized Hospital) with its multiple outpatient centers, a freestanding 100-bed behavioral health center, two trauma centers, a satellite emergency department, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state’s largest behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, fitness and wellness centers, retail pharmacy services, a medical group, multi-site imaging centers and two accountable care organizations. RWJBarnabas Health is New Jersey’s largest private employer – with more than 33,000 employees, 9,000 physicians and 1,000 residents and interns.

RWJBarnabas Health recently announced a partnership with Rutgers University to create New Jersey’s largest academic health care system. The 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. The alliance will result in a multi-specialty group that will be one of the largest medical groups in the country.

As New Jersey’s academic health center, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) takes an integrated approach to educating students, providing clinical care and conduction research, all with the goal of improving human health. Aligned with Rutgers University-New Brunswick, RBHS includes eight schools, a behavioral health network and four centers and institutes. Clinical partners include Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, University Hospital in Newark and other affiliates.

Contact: Ellen Greene