SOMERVILLE, NJ - More than 100 people attended “Networking Night” at the Steeplechase Cancer Center located on the campus of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Somerville Wednesday evening. 

The event hosted by the Somerset County Business Partnership (SCBP) was the first of many networking opportunities the group will host this year. 

Attendees exchanged cards and discussed how their businesses can forge partnerships over drinks and appetizers.  

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“This event was a great opportunity for networking, finding new business leads and jump-starting business goals for 2020,” SCBP Vice President, Chris Edwards said.  

"I love this place I have seen it evolve over the years," SCBP President, Michael Kerwin said speaking of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. "In Somerset County, the number one economic development objective is the business resource, and what better resource is there than this hospital, our hospital it's a tremendous attribute that we have."

Robert Wood Johnson University Hosptial President, Anthony V. Cava spoke about how beneficial the hospital's relationship with Kerwin and the SCBP has been.

"Mike has this unyielding ball of energy, he flies around the state, he is probably the best advocate any county could have, and I am thrilled to be associated with him and the business partnership [SCBP]," Cava said. 

Cava also spoke about how the staff differentiates RWJ Somerset from other hospitals and how community outreach is critical to the hospital's success. 

"The hospital is no longer the center of the health care universe, the community is the center of health care," Cava said. "We have to be able to extend ourselves out into the community." 

The SCBP's key goals and objectives are to foster public leadership, advocacy, economic and community development, and value/engagement, providing leadership, opportunity, and results to the Somerset County business community.