NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University student-athletes visited patients and staff at hospitals within the RWJBarnabas Health System last Wednesday. 

The visits were part of a community relations initiative, whereby student-athletes representing Rutgers University intercollegiate athletic teams, visiting all hospitals within the RWJ Barnabas Health System. RWJBarnabas Health is the official healthcare provider of Rutgers Athletics.

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

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“It was nice for us to be able to come out and show some support, show them that we care about them,” said Corey Sanders, student-athlete on the Rutgers Men’s Basketball Team, during an interview with Verizon Fios 1 News as he visited the pediatrics department at RWJBarnabas Health’s Saint Barnabas Medical Center.

Rutgers Wrestling team members Jordan Pagano, Nicholas Gravina and Joseph Grello visited a patient (Yeshua) at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children's Hospital of New Jersey.

Women's Lacrosse team members Regina Sharp, Paige Paratore, Brianna Cirino and Amanda Casten visited with patients receiving outpatient infusion at the J. Phillip Citta Regional Cancer Center at RWJBarnabas Health’s Community Medical Center. They also distributed Rutgers gear and interacted with patients and staff.

Members of the Rutgers Baseball and Cheer teams and the Scarlet Knights had a blast playing Rock Star with children at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.

“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.” 

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