New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals Achieves Milestone: NJCTH Now Includes All of the State's Major Teaching Facilities

Friday, November 7, 2008 General News
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TRENTON, N.J., Nov. 6 The New Jersey Council of TeachingHospitals (NJCTH) today announced that it had achieved a significant milestonein the 22-year history of the educational and advocacy organization as thelast of the state's major teaching medical facilities have agreed to join.Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) and Saint Peter's UniversityHospital are now members of the NJCTH.

"This is an important day for the Council," said William McDonald, ChiefExecutive Officer of St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center and Chairman of theNew Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals. "All of the state's major teachinghospitals are now united behind a single mission: To provide leadership inhealth care delivery, education, and research, and to serve as the optimalsetting for the provision of outstanding patient care and for the education ofhealth care professionals."

"We look forward to working with Saint Peter's and Hackensack in creatingan advocacy and educational agenda that best serves the health care needs ofour state," said Dr. J. Richard Goldstein, MD, President of the New JerseyCouncil of Teaching Hospitals. "As a former Commissioner of the Department ofHealth, I understand how critical it is for our state's medical educationinstitutions to provide leadership on issues such as health care quality andprofessional development."

The New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals (NJCTH) is the state'spremier teaching hospital network which was founded in 1986 to recognize theunique nature and special needs of teaching hospitals. With the addition ofHackensack and Saint Peter's, the council now consists of Atlantic Health,Cooper University Hospital, Meridian Health, Robert Wood Johnson UniversityHospital, St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, Somerset Medical Center,UMDNJ-University Hospital, Warren Hospital, and Catholic Health East/NewJersey which includes St. Michael's Medical Center, Inc. and Our Lady ofLourdes Medical Center.

"As one of the nation's premier medical education centers, Hackensack isexcited to be joining others in our state whose mission it is to promote thefuture of quality health care in New Jersey," said John P. Ferguson, Presidentand CEO, Hackensack University Medical Center.

Hackensack University Medical Center, a 775-bed teaching and researchhospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NewJersey -- New Jersey Medical School, is the largest provider of inpatient andoutpatient services in the state of New Jersey.

Founded in 1888 with 12 beds and as Bergen County's first hospital,Hackensack University Medical Center has demonstrated more than a century ofgrowth and progress. Hackensack University Medical Center is Bergen County'slargest employer with a work force of more than 7,200 employees and an annualbudget of $1 billion. The more than 1,400 physicians and dentists on themedical and dental staff represent the full spectrum of specialties andsubspecialties. Hackensack University Medical Center offers one of theregion's most modern campuses, which is continually updated and expanded toincorporate emerging clinical approaches, medicine, and technologies. On thiscampus, hundreds of specialized programs and services are delivered.

"Saint Peter's commitment to quality medical education and advancedpractices will be well served by our membership in the New Jersey Council ofTeaching Hospitals," said Alfred Glover, President and Chief Executive Officerof Saint Peter's University Hospital.

For a century, Saint Peter's University Hospital has been serving thehealth care needs of central New Jersey. From its incorporation in 1908, SaintPeter's has grown to become a technologically-advanced, 478-bed teachinghospital, sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. Saint Peter'sUniversity Hospital is a member of the Saint Peter's Healthcare System alongwith the Saint Peter's Foundation and Saint Peter's Health and ManagementServices. In support of its mission to provide quality medical education,Saint Peter's is a sponsor of residency programs in obstetrics and gynecology,pediatrics and internal medicine and is an academic affiliate of DrexelUniversity College of Medicine, the largest private medical school in thenation. Saint Peter's is also a site for residency programs in radiology andorthopedic surgery in affiliation with the University of Medicine andDentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

About the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals


Together, NJCTH institutions represent more than 54,000 health careprofessionals and 9,600 hospital beds; care for more than 562,000 inpatientsand nearly 9,300,000 outpatients each year; total an aggregate budget inexcess of $8.1 billion per year; and provide a significant amount of thestate's charity care. While constituting approximately 30 percent of thestate's hospitals, the Council's members represent about 50 percent of all ofthe statewide volume. All three of New Jersey's Level I Trauma Centers areNJCTH hospitals, as are three of the state's seven Level II Trauma Centers.NJCTH member institutions are dedicated not only to high-quality patient care,but to health professions education and sophisticated research as well. Inaffiliation with the University of Medicine and Dentistry's seven schools,NJCTH hospitals train more than 1900 resident physicians, physicianassistants, and nurse practitioners each year.

Contact: Dr. J. Richard Goldstein (609-656-9600)

SOURCE New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals

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