RWJBH and Rutgers University Launch NJ's Largest Academic Health System

AUG 1, 2018

We are excited to have announced, with Rutgers University, the official launch of our public-private partnership to jointly operate New Jersey's largest and most comprehensive academic health system.

Working together, RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers will enhance research and medical and health professional education, improve access to care, and reduce health disparities in our state.

On July 24, the Rutgers Board approved a resolution outlining the terms of the partnership. RWJBarnabas Health’s Board of Trustees approved proceeding with the partnership at its last meeting.

“This is a transformational partnership for RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers University, but, more importantly, for the people of New Jersey and beyond,” says RWJBarnabas President and CEO Barry Ostrowsky. “Together, we are poised to develop a widely renowned academic health system, driving medical innovations and clinical research to influence outcomes across the nation.”

Key among the transformative efforts of the partnership is the formation of a comprehensive medical group comprised of employed physicians and other health care professionals from RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers Health. When finalized over the coming months, the new medical group - one of the largest in the country - will have a unified clinical mission that complements the high quality standards of teaching and research excellence. The medical group will be led by an integrated practice CEO.

Additionally, RWJBarnabas Health will invest $100M initially, and then more than $1B over 20 years, to expand in the education and research mission of the integrated academic health system.