Senate President Steve Sweeney today toured the future site of New Jersey’s first private school of medicine, located on the former Hoffmann-La Roche campus in Nutley and Clifton, New Jersey.  Senator Sweeney was joined by Senator Paul A. Sarlo (D-Bergen, Passaic) on the tour of the 14-acre future home of the new school. 


The four-year medical school, a joint venture between Hackensack University Health Network and Seton Hall University, will provide educational, research, and career opportunities to attract talented students and help curb the physician shortage that New Jersey and the nation currently face.


“The partnership between these two esteemed institutions will not only add to New Jersey’s well-regarded higher education offerings and encourage our students to explore careers in the medical and health sciences, but will also boost New Jersey’s economy for many years to come,” said Senator Sweeney. “The new school will contribute to our state’s economic growth by increasing private sector jobs, creating a highly-skilled future workforce for our health care needs, attracting new businesses, and improving healthcare throughout our region. Medical care and life sciences are key sectors in New Jersey's economy that offer opportunities for growth and advancement. We should support these efforts.”


Seton Hall University plans to integrate their nursing and allied health programs with the new school of medicine. HackensackUHN’s hospitals will serve as the primary clinical teaching sites for SHU and SHU-affiliated graduate education programs. Access to HackensackUHN’s premier healthcare facilities and training programs will provide hands-on experience and create incentives for highly-trained researchers and physicians to live and work in New Jersey upon graduation.


“A new medical school that integrates academic research and education with clinical training and expertise will be a valuable asset to this region and our state,” said Senator Sarlo. “It is also a great opportunity to create new jobs and to build a future workforce that can fill a growing need for primary care physicians in a highly competitive healthcare industry.”


The future home of the new school of medicine will sit on part of the 116-acre campus of the former Roche site, a state-of-the-art biomedical facility.


“New Jersey has long been regarded as home to world-class research and biopharmaceutical institutions,” said Robert Garrett, president and CEO of Hackensack University Health Network. “We are pleased to have the support of our state’s leaders on this shared journey with Seton Hall as we combine our clinical expertise and academic excellence to promote New Jersey’s growth and future success.”


“Our shared commitment to high quality education and healthcare, cutting-edge research, meaningful integration, and the advancement of medical and health sciences create a formula for success,” said Dr. A. Gabriel Esteban, president of Seton Hall University. “Having the support of Senator Sweeney and our state’s legislators on our efforts to encourage future generations to pursue careers in medicine and healthcare can only further our success.”


The first class of students is expected to begin within the next three years.


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Photo attached: (left to right) Senate President Steve Sweeney; Robert C. Garrett, president and CEO of Hackensack University Medical Center; Dr. A. Gabriel Esteban, President of Seton Hall University; Senator Paul A. Sarlo.




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