History

A Vision

Bring a community hospital to a suburban setting in Hamilton. Those were the thoughts of a few local leaders who dared to undertake this monumental task of making this vision a reality. They were dedicated to building a dream and strengthening a community.

In 1971, At the hospital's dedication ceremony, New Jersey's Commissioner of Health shared with the audience: "You now have a beautiful building, now you have to build a hospital." And so they did, knowing that a medical facility, no matter how modern, is only as good as the men and women who staff it.

Today, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton shares its proud history, having grown into a comprehensive community hospital offering a wide range of services.

Through the Years

2020: Earned the hospital’s 10th Safety Grade A from the Leapfrog Group, the gold standard in healthcare safety, and a four-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, making RWJUH Hamilton the only CMS four-star rated hospital in Mercer County.

2019: Completed the renovation of the Cancer Center at RWJUH Hamilton, including the latest technology in the region and a bright and inspiring Syed Family Infusion Center.

2016: Became a part of RWJBarnabas Health as a result of the merger between Robert Wood Johnson Health System and Barnabas Health.

2007: Opened the Lakefront Tower, adding 64 private patient rooms for maternity, medical/surgical and orthopedic units.

2002: Opened the Cancer Institute of New Jersey Hamilton, the county's only cancer center built beyond the hospital walls.


2001: Opened the north tower, providing a new emergency department and intensive/critical care areas. Established the Grounds for Healing, an innovative partnership with the internationally-recognized Grounds for Sculpture and The Sculpture Foundation to promote the healing of mind, body and spirit.

In 1994, Hamilton Hospital became part of theRobert Wood Johnson Health System. 1996: Opened the Women and Infants Pavilion, home to the maternal child health program. RWJ Hamilton became an affiliate of The Cancer Institute of New Jersey, establishing The Cancer Institute of New Jersey Hamilton.


Hamilton Hospital opened in 1971. 1995: Opened the Outpatient Services Building. The ambulatory center, provides outpatient testing and treatment, including a same-day surgery center.

1994: Hamilton Hospital became part of the Robert Wood Johnson Network and System. The hospital changed its name to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton.

1985: Lakeview Child Center opened its first of six facilities on the hospital campus to provide childcare services for hospital employees.


Artist's rendering of the proposed hospital. 1971: Hamilton Hospital opened after moving Trenton General Hospital to a new, 43-acre suburban campus in Hamilton Township.

1941: Trenton General Hospital was founded.

Patient Stories

  • “I have her butterfly pin on the table next to my bed as a constant reminder to stop dwelling on what is wrong in the world and let in the light. And as I learned recently, the name Lucinda means ‘light.’”

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  • “I did part of my nursing training there in 2013. I knew RWJUH Hamilton was one of the best hospitals in New Jersey.”

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  • I did part of my nursing training there in 2013, Marcia says. I knew RWJUH Hamilton was one of the best hospitals in New Jersey.

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