Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

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Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
RWJUH Logo.png
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Geography
Location  • One Robert Wood Johnson Place, New Brunswick, New Jersey
 • 110 Rehill Avenue, Somerville, New Jersey, United States
Coordinates 40°29′44″N 74°26′57″W / 40.495428°N 74.449217°W / 40.495428; -74.449217Coordinates: 40°29′44″N 74°26′57″W / 40.495428°N 74.449217°W / 40.495428; -74.449217
Organization
Funding Non-profit hospital
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers University
Network RWJBarnabas Health
Services
Standards American College of Surgeons
Emergency department Level I trauma center
Helipad FAA LID: 9NJ4
Beds 965
History
Founded 1885 (131 years ago) (1885) in New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States
Links
Website rwjuh.edu
Lists Hospitals in New Jersey

The Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is an American 965-bed hospital with campuses in New Brunswick (Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital New Brunswick), and Somerville, New Jersey (Somerset Medical Center), and serves as a flagship hospital of RWJBarnabas Health.

RWJUH New Brunswick is the flagship cancer hospital of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the principal hospital of Rutgers University's Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Its Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation, cancer care, and women's and children's care including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital at RWJUH, which has several areas of pediatric care.[1] The hospital is also a Level 1 trauma center[2] and serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness.

History[edit]

The Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital was founded as the New Brunswick City Hospital in 1884,[clarification needed] but it changed its name to the John Wells Memorial Hospital in 1889 when community leader and volunteer Grace Tileston Wells donated a building at the corner of Somerset and Division streets in honor of her late husband, John Wells. That first small building was expanded in 1916 to accommodate the growing area and renamed Middlesex General Hospital. In 1958, an addition to the hospital was built that housed the first vascular lab in New Jersey, an intensive care unit, cardiopulmonary lab, a thirteen-room operating suite, and increased the number of beds by 287. At this time, the Department of Clinical Research was established, X-ray technician training began, and the hospital auxiliary was founded.[3]

In 1986, the hospital was renamed Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital after Robert Wood Johnson II, the former president and chairman of the board of Johnson & Johnson.[citation needed]

The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey, taken August 24, 2015.

In 2014, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Somerset Medical Center officially completed their merger.[4]

In 2015, Barnabas Health and Robert Wood Johnson Health System signed an agreement which outlines the merger between these two health systems. Once complete, the transaction would create New Jersey's largest health care system and one of the largest in the nation. The New Jersey Attorney General must review the deal before it is official, with the expectation that the merger would be completed in 2016.[5] On March 30, 2016, the two health systems officially merged and formed RWJBarnabas.[6]

Additionally in 2015, The Laurie Proton Therapy Center, home to the world's third MEVION S250 Proton Therapy System (which provides proton therapy), opened at Robert Wood Johnson University New Brunswick.[7]

Awards and recognition[edit]

RWJUH New Brunswick has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report seven times and has been selected by the publication as a high-performing hospital in several specialties. The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital has also ranked among the nation's Best Children's Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for three consecutive years. The American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer has rated RWJUH among the nation's best comprehensive cancer centers and the hospital's Comprehensive Stroke Center is certified by the Joint Commission to provide complex stroke care. Harvard University researchers, in a study commissioned by The Commonwealth Fund, identified RWJUH as one of the top-ten hospitals in the nation for clinical quality. RWJUH is also a four-time recipient of the Magnet Award for Nursing Excellence. The Institute for Diversity and Health Management, an American Hospital Association (AHA) affiliate, has recognized RWJUH as a "Best in Class" hospital for diversity management and addressing health disparities.

RWJUH Somerset is nationally recognized as a Magnet® hospital for nursing excellence. Its Steeplechase Cancer Center is designated as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer – a distinction achieved by only one in four hospitals nationwide that treat cancer patients. The Joint Surgery Institute at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset has earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for total knee- and total hip-replacement surgery. The medical center is designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. It is one of nine Medical Coordination Centers established by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services to coordinate communication among emergency responders during a disaster situation.

Mission and vision[edit]

The Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital's mission is to improve the health and well-being of the patients and communities it serves by:

  • Fostering an environment of excellence in all areas including the provision of the highest quality, evidenced based patient care in collaboration with the hospital’s health care professionals
  • Advancing patient care by the diffusion of medical knowledge
  • Facilitating medical discovery that improves patient care
  • Promoting and engaging in community outreach activities to enhance the health of the residents of our region
  • Exhibiting stewardship of all available resources

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital's vision, in partnership with Rutgers University's Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, is to be a leading, nationally distinguished academic medical center.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Areas of Care, Bristol Myers
  2. ^ American College of Surgeons Verified Trauma Center. Retrieved August 5, 2015.
  3. ^ NJ.com. "Robert Wood Johnson attends 1958 dedication ceremony at Middlesex General Hospital ". NJ.com. May 1, 2011. Retrieved August 5, 2015.
  4. ^ NJ.com. " Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Somerset Medical Center complete merger". The Messenger-Gazette (Somerville). June 1, 2014. Retrieved August 5, 2015.
  5. ^ NJ.com. "Mega-hospital merger in N.J. completed". NJ Advance Media for NJ.com (Trenton). July 14, 2015. Retrieved August 5, 2015.
  6. ^ "Barnabas Health, Robert Wood Johnson finalize merger".
  7. ^ towntopics.com. "Robert Wood Johnson Hospital Now Offers Proton Therapy". Town Topics (Princeton). September 2, 2015. Retrieved November 6, 2015.
  8. ^ rwjuh.edu. "About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital", Retrieved August 6, 2015.

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