For Immediate Release
Contact: Susan Preston
At UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Medical School Signs Affiliation Agreement with Jersey Shore University
The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert
Wood Johnson Medical School has signed a new affiliation agreement
to expand its relationship with Meridian Health's Jersey Shore
University Medical Center in Neptune.
Under the new agreement, Jersey Shore University Medical Center
will become a University Hospital Affiliate of UMDNJ-Robert Wood
Johnson Medical School on July 1.
"This agreement advances our commitment to excellence in the
pursuit of our core missions in education, research, patient care
and community health," said Dr. Harold L. Paz, dean of UMDNJ-Robert
Wood Johnson Medical School. "This new designation also enhances
the medical center's status and reinforces its commitment to academic
health are. We look forward to working with Jersey Shore University
Medical Center and Meridian Health as we build a solid foundation
with joint programs and grow in the future to new heights and
The expanded affiliation means the medical school will increase
its undergraduate and graduate medical education programs and
clinical research activities at the 502-bed tertiary care teaching
hospital. Meridian Health's other two hospitals - Medical Center
of Ocean County and Riverview Medical Center - also will have
the opportunity to become more involved in the education of medical
students, graduate medical education and clinical research.
"Our academic vision was created to achieve our goal to bring
the 'absolute best' advanced medicine to the entire region via
a partnership among all three of our hospitals and physicians
- partners who now have an even stronger link to the worldwide
medical community and all the wonderful advances in diagnosis,
treatment and care that are taking place every day," said John
K. Lloyd, FACHE, president of Meridian Health. "Working together
with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, we will develop
even more reasons for our patients to stay close to home to receive
outstanding care with the latest technology.
UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School is one of eight schools
of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, which
comprises the state's only three medical schools and dental school,
as well as schools of public health, nursing, health related professions
and graduate biomedical sciences.
As one of the nation's leading comprehensive medical schools,
UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, with campuses in New
Brunswick, Piscataway and Camden, is dedicated to the pursuit
of excellence in education, research, health care delivery and
the promotion of community health for the residents of New Jersey.
With 2,500 full-time and volunteer faculty, the medical school
maintains educational programs at the undergraduate, graduate
and postgraduate levels for more than 1,500 students, as well
as continuing education courses for health care professionals
and community education programs.
The medical school encompasses 21 basic science and clinical
departments and also integrates diverse clinical programs conducted
at its 34 hospital affiliates and numerous
ambulatory care sites in the region. UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson
Medical School also hosts 85 centers and institutes, including
The Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the Cardiovascular Institute,
the Child Health Institute of New Jersey, the Center for Advanced
Biotechnology and Medicine, and the Environmental and Occupational
Health Sciences Institute.