Announcement of Rutgers University Collaboration with RWJBarnabas Health

To the RBHS Community:

With today's announcement of the letter of intent formalizing a broad-based collaboration between Rutgers University, Rutgers Health Group, and the Robert Wood Johnson-Barnabas Health System, we are taking another meaningful step to building a world class academic health care system in New Jersey. Echoing President Barchi's comments, this collaboration will truly enhance our ability to provide excellent health professions education, conduct ground-breaking basic science and translational research, and deliver state-of-the-art clinical care for our patients. While seeking close integration, the organizations will remain separate corporations; and Rutgers faculty will remain Rutgers faculty. RWJBarnabas Health clinical leadership will be exercised via a contract with the Rutgers Health Group.

Negotiated over the past year, the letter of intent will serve as a guiding document as we develop detailed agreements to fulfill the ambitious goals of this relationship. In particular, I would like to thank Senior Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Kathy Bramwell, Senior Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs Vicente Gracias, and the Office of General Counsel for their tireless and diligent work in bringing this arrangement to fruition. In addition, we have a true partner in Barry Ostrowsky, President and CEO of RWJ-Barnabas Health, who sees our true potential to exceed our aspirational peers in the national academic health care establishment.

As the RBHS community will be eager to hear more about this collaboration, we are scheduling two town hall meetings to present the letter of intent in greater detail.

Please join me on:

Monday, July 31
Medical Science Building – Room B556
New Jersey Medical School
185 South Orange Avenue, Newark
4–5 p.m. 

Locations for video conference links will be announced shortly.

Thursday, August 3
Clinical Academic Building – Room 1302
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
125 Paterson Street, New Brunswick
4:30–5:30 p.m.

with video conference link to: 
Deans Conference Room – 123
Research Tower
675 Hoes Lane West, Piscataway

Thank you once again for your commitment to our ideals and missions as we create an exceptional environment for learning, discovering, teaching, and healing.


Brian L. Strom, MD, MPH
Chancellor, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs