RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers Athletics Announce Community Relations Program - Student-Athletes made System Wide Hospital Visits on November 15th


West Orange, NJ, November 15, 2017 – RWJBarnabas Health, the state’s most comprehensive integrated healthcare system, and Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey, today announced a community relations initiative, whereby student-athletes representing Rutgers University intercollegiate athletic teams, will be visiting all hospitals within the RWJBarnabas Health System on Wednesday, November 15th. RWJBarnabas Health is the official healthcare provider of Rutgers Athletics.


As part of the program, Rutgers University student-athletes will be interacting with patients and staff in Pediatrics, Oncology and Orthopedic & Cardiac Rehab, among other departments across the system. This program is designed to reinforce the importance of volunteerism and community involvement amongst participating student-athletes.

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The full schedule for the day (listed below) highlights the specific Rutgers Athletics programs that will be visiting each respective hospital within the system, including the men’s basketball team, along with coaches, who will make a special visit to the Pediatrics Department at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston.


Other team visits include: Children's Specialized Hospital – New Brunswick (rowing); Clara Maass Medical Center - Belleville (swimming & diving); Community Medical Center -Toms River (women’s Lacrosse); Jersey City Medical Center (wrestling); Monmouth Medical Center & The Unterberg Children's Hospital (women’s golf); Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus (gymnastics); Newark Beth Israel Medical Center & Children's Hospital of NJ (wrestling); RWJUH Hamilton (men’s golf); RWJUH New Brunswick & BMSCH (baseball); RWJUH Rahway (men’s golf); RWJUH Somerset (tennis).


“Our partnership with Rutgers University is based on bringing the best of academic medicine, research, education and medical providers together to create healthier communities across New Jersey,” said Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer for RWJBarnabas Health. “This program, in collaboration with Rutgers Athletics, is an important complement to the overall partnership, connecting student-athletes and patients within our system, while reinforcing the deep value of volunteering within the community.”


RWJBarnabas Health is fully committed to advancing the health status and improving the overall wellness of the people of New Jersey. The unique partnership with Rutgers Athletics includes the complete development of a nationally-recognized sports medicine and athletic training program encompassing sports injury diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, psychology, nutrition and wellness education. The RWJBarnabas Health sports medicine program, which will serve athletes, students and faculty and individuals from communities throughout New Jersey, will be rooted at the new multi-sport training facility to be named the RWJBarnabas Health Athletic Performance Center which will be completed in July of 2019.


“I’m delighted that our students have this opportunity to in some small way brighten the day of the patients at RWJBarnabas Health,” said Rutgers Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Pat Hobbs. “Our students know how fortunate they are, and they are great ambassadors for Rutgers.” 


About RWJBarnabas Health

RWJBarnabas Health is the most comprehensive health care delivery system in New Jersey, with a service area covering 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- New Brunswick, 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), a freestanding 100-bed behavioral health center, 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 comprised of more than 33,000 employees, 9,000 physicians and 1,000 residents and interns – and routinely captures national awards for outstanding quality and safety.