Hackensack University Medical Center Becomes the First Healthcare Charter Member of New Jersey Innovation Institute
February 4, 2016 12:20 PM
The New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII), an New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) corporation, has announced that Hackensack University Medical Center (HackensackUMC) has become the only healthcare Charter Member of NJII, and a partner in its Healthcare Delivery Systems Innovation Lab (iLab).
NJII applies the intellectual and technological resources of the state’s science and technology university to challenges identified by industry partners. Through its iLabs, NJII brings NJIT expertise to key economic sectors, including healthcare delivery systems, bio-pharmaceutical production, civil infrastructure, defense and homeland security, and financial services.
Tomas Gregorio, senior executive director of healthcare delivery systems for NJII commented, “We are honored to have such a prominent research and teaching hospital partner with us in our efforts to develop innovative processes and programs for the healthcare industry across our region. We will be working closely with Andrew L. Pecora, M.D., vice president, Cancer Services and chief innovations officer at John Theurer Cancer Center, HackensackUMC. Dr. Pecora is committed to developing novel ideas which promote open innovation and the use of tools and processes that encourage creative thinking.”
“HackensackUMC is pleased to partner with NJIT on this important initiative,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and CEO of the Hackensack University Health Network. “Our medical center has always been committed to partnering with other organizations who share in our mission of developing research and technology to better care for our patients. Through this iLab, we will be able to combine our collective resources to make meaningful advances in care.”
“HackensackUMC has been focused on research and innovation for many years. In 2014, we had more than 700 active/open studies offering more than 1,000 patients new options in care,” said Dr. Pecora. “Partnering with the New Jersey Innovation Institute is a natural fit for our two organizations. We will work together to bolster our research program and share ideas to continue developing solutions for tomorrow’s healthcare industry.”
“NJII is dedicated to supporting Hackensack University Medical Center’s efforts in bringing innovation to virtually every aspect of healthcare. We currently have a business unit of university executives from various departments and disciplines expressly created to familiarize our industry partners with university assets and programs. We have the ability to set up and run HackensackUMC-specific ideation platforms with our portfolio of healthcare cluster incubator companies to develop and pursue innovative program opportunities. We will mobilize NJIT’s intellectual, capital, and research resources to meet the specific R&D needs of HackensackUMC,” said Donald Sebastian, president of NJII.
About Hackensack University Medical Center
HackensackUMC, a 775- bed nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is the flagship hospital of Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,717 beds, more than 10,000 team members and 3,300 credentialed physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 Best Hospital rankings - maintaining its place atop the NJ rankings since the rating system was introduced. It was also named one of the top four New York Metro Area hospitals. HackensackUMC is the only hospital in New Jersey, New York and New England to be named one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ nine consecutive years, and receive the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 13 years in a row. The medical center is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 24 Gold Seals of Approval™ by The Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. HackensackUMC has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: the John Theurer Cancer Center; the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center and listed on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit: www.HackensackUMC.org.