Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is the flagship facility of the Robert Wood Johnson Health System and Network. The medical center offers patients acute and tertiary care, including cardiovascular services, organ and tissue transplantation, pediatric care (at The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital), Level 1 trauma care, cancer treatment (at the Cancer Hospital of New Jersey), women's imaging, maternal-fetal and emergency medicine, and more. Founded in 1884, the 600-bed facility serves as a teaching center for the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. More than 1,300 physicians affiliated with RWJUH treat some 200,000 patients each year.
The hospital's cancer unit is the flagship partner of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, a research and treatment center located adjacent to RWJUH that is the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in New Jersey.
For five straight years, from 2007 through 2011, RWJUH has been listed among U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Hospitals."
Other members of the Robert Wood Johnson Health System include Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton, and the Children's Specialized Hospital. The Robert Wood Johnson Health Network is an affiliated group of health care providers, including hospitals, nursing homes, and health clinics, which are located throughout New Jersey.
The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMNDJ) is facing an uncertain future as state officials made recommendations in 2011 that two of its schools -- the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the School of Public Health -- be given to Rutgers University. A task force led by former Governor Tom Keane also recommended that UMDNJ's remaining pieces be "fundamentally transformed." This latest recommendation is the third in eight years; previous attempts failed after a suggested merger with Rutgers was met with skepticism by the governing boards at Rutgers and UMDNJ. State officials believe a union between the two schools would raise New Jersey's profile as an academic destination.
The "fundamental changes" suggested (but not detailed) by the task force are most likely related to corruption investigations that occurred at the school in 2006. Federal regulators charged that the school billed Medicare and Medicaid millions in illegal fees; a task force was formed then that explored folding all or part of UMDNJ into Rutgers, but the idea was eventually dropped. This time around Rutgers is all for taking the two schools, although UMNDJ remains skeptical. – less