Saint Barnabas Health Care System, New Jersey’s largest integrated health care delivery system, recently received a three-year, $150,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation in support of the New Jersey Health Care Innovation Center (NJHCIC), which is focused on improving the quality, safety and cost-effectiveness of health care delivery in the Garden State.

The New Jersey Health Care Innovation Center, located on the New Jersey Institute of Technology campus in Newark, is a start-up operation that will include three centers of excellence.  NJHCIC will provide advisory services, conduct sponsored research and develop new approaches to meet challenges facing the health care industry.

The Saint Barnabas System will use the Verizon Foundation grant to create the Design and Collaboration Center of Excellence, which will harness and support the specialized processes, expertise and environment necessary to facilitate innovation in health care delivery.

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“This grant will help to lay the groundwork for identifying innovative ways to use information technology in order to provide the highest quality health care through the most efficient and cost effective ways,” said Ronald J. Del Mauro, Chief Executive Officer of the Saint Barnabas Health Care System.  “We thank Verizon for supporting this important initiative.”

The Vanderbilt Center for Better Health will work with the Saint Barnabas System to design and create the Design and Collaboration Center of Excellence and to develop a master plan for developing the center’s branding, service offerings, staffing and management.

“As a leading broadband company, Verizon knows that technology can make a tremendous difference in people’s lives,” said Doug.Schoenberger, vice president of corporate responsibility for Verizon New Jersey. “This multi-year partnership with the Saint Barnabas Health Care System is a perfect fit for Verizon and clearly demonstrates how technology and innovation can improve the accessibility, delivery and quality of health care services in New Jersey.”