News and Media Center

Welcome to the RWJUH News and Media Center. Our goal here is simple: to provide a single access point for RWJUH news, as well as
references to our academic medical center in the media.

In addition, we now offer a special resource section for members of the media, which provides contact information for our Public Relations Department, as well as a way to identify experts from our academic medical center who can offer interviews on a wide variety of health-related topics.

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RWJUH Director of Transradial Catheterization is First N.J. Physician Certified to Use Less Invasive Coronary Artery Disease TreatmentRWJUH Director of Transradial Catheterization is First N.J. Physician Certified to Use Less Invasive Coronary Artery Disease Treatment

April 10, 2014

Treatment options for high-risk heart patients with severely calcified coronary artery disease (CAD) have been limited for more than 20 years. Now, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) offers a new alternative to open up blocked arteries.

Stephen K. Jones, FACHE

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Names New Chief Diversity Officer

February 12, 2014

Ryan Parker has been named Chief Diversity Officer at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH). Parker joined RWJUH in August 2013 as Director, Diversity and Inclusion, and assumes his new role in addition to that position.

Stephen K. Jones, FACHE

NJHA Names Stephen K. Jones New Chairman of Board at 95th Annual Meeting

January 24, 2014

Stephen K. Jones of Kendall Park, president and CEO of Robert Wood Johnson Health System in New Brunswick, today was installed as chairman of the board of the New Jersey Hospital Association, the state’s oldest and largest hospital and healthcare advocacy organization.

Annual Public Meeting

Annual Public Meeting

November 14, 2013

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital hosted it's annual community meeting of its Board of Directors on Wednesday, November 6, 2013. This meeting provided information about the operation of the hospital as well as an opportunity for members of the public to ask questions and raise issues of interest.

RWJUH Introduces 'Dining for All Seasons'

RWJUH Introduces "Dining for All Seasons"

October 8, 2013

In celebration of the hospital’s 10-year anniversary of Room Service Dining, the Food & Nutrition Department at RWJ has revamped its in-patient Room Service Dining Menu to eliminate fried foods and focus on using more fresh ingredients.

Subhashini Gowda, MD, FACC

The Safe and Secure Foundation Donates Child Passenger Safety Seat to Help RWJ Pediatric Patients in Body Cast Travel Safely

September 12, 2013

Families with a child released from BMSCH in a spica cast will no longer have to wonder “How do I get my child home safely?” The Safe and Secure Foundation recently donated a special child passenger safety seat to help these patients get home, and travel out and about on the road, safely.

Subhashini Gowda, MD, FACC

RWJUH and New Brunswick Cardiology Group Electrophysiologist Named to Robotic Ablation “Expert Club”

August 5, 2013

Electrophysiologist Subhashini Gowda, MD, FACC, recently was named to the Stereotaxis ‘Expert Club,’ which recognizes the top robotic ablation experts throughout the United States.

Somerset Medical Center

Somerset Medical Center Announces Decision to Merge with NJ’s Leading Academic Medical Center - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

June 20, 2013

Somerset Medical Center’s Board of Trustees announced today that the medical center will pursue a merger with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) in New Brunswick.

Brian D. Agnew

RWJ University Hospital Foundation Names New Leader

June 14, 2013

Brian D. Agnew has been named Senior Vice President, Development, for Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Executive Director of The RWJ University Hospital Foundation.

Lester Owens

Comprehensive Sleep Disorders Center at RWJUH Now Offers Patients In-home Sleep Diagnostics

June 5, 2013

Patients can now, in the comfort of their own home, take a first step to determine whether they have a sleep disorder.

Lester Owens

RWJUH Names J.P. Morgan Executive Lester Owens to Board of Directors

May 20, 2013

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) has named Lester J. Owens to its Board of Directors.

Susan Reinhard

RWJUH Names Former NJDHSS Deputy Commissioner; Current AARP Policy Executive Susan Reinhard to Board of Directors

May 20, 2013

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) has named former New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services Deputy Commissioner and current AARP Public Policy Institute Senior Vice President Susan Reinhard, PhD, MSN, BSN, of Princeton Junction, to its Board of Directors.

American College of Surgeons Commission

RWJUH Receives Outstanding Achievement Award from American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer

April 16, 2013

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital’s Cancer Program, in partnership with CINJ, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and private physicians in the community, has received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. RWJUH is one of only two National Cancer Institute-designated cancer programs in the nation to achieve this honor.

American Cancer Society, The Cancer Institute of New Jersey and RWJUH Seek Participants for Cancer Prevention Study

American Cancer Society, The Cancer Institute of New Jersey and RWJUH Seek Participants for Cancer Prevention Study

April 3, 2013

The American Cancer Society, The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ) and RWJUH have joined together to support cancer research today for a cancer-free tomorrow. The partnering organizations seek individuals who have been impacted by cancer or are passionate about helping to discover better ways to prevent, treat, and potentially cure cancer to participate in Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3).

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RWJUH Comprehensive Sleep Disorders Center Medical Director Explains Importance of Sleep, How to Get Quality Rest

March 5, 2013

Regularly getting four hours or less of sleep isn’t enough rest for most people, but sacrificing sleep to get it all done appears to be the new cultural norm. As National Sleep Awareness Week approaches, Dr. Anays M. Sotolongo, medical director of the Comprehensive Sleep Disorders Center at RWJ, encourages broader understanding and acceptance of the importance of sleep.

Breast Care Connection Program at RWJUH Reaccredited By National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers

Breast Care Connection Program at RWJUH Reaccredited By National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers

January 17, 2013

RWJUH’s Breast Care Connection, a program that guides patients through all aspects of breast health care, has been reaccredited for three years by The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).

Santa Clause

RWJUH Laboratory Patient Service Center at George St. Now Open in New Brunswick

January 8, 2013

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Laboratory Outreach Services has added a convenient, downtown New Brunswick location to its growing list of outpatient centers. Our newest Laboratory Patient Service Center is now open at 317 George Street, Suite 101, in the heart of city's business district.

RWJUH Featured in the Media

Merger SurveyRWJ-SMC Seek Community
Feedback on Merger

March 7, 2014

For more than a century, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Somerset Medical Center have been committed to improving the health of Central New Jersey. Our two hospitals are now joining together to offer comprehensive health care services to our community when we merge this spring. We want to know what you think about the merger and the services we provide. Please take a moment to complete a brief survey.

Annual Public Meeting

BMSCH Unveils New Center for Advanced Pediatric Surgery

November 19, 2013

A new pediatric operating room suite is due to open at Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital next month.

Laser Ablation

FOX Health News: Cutting-Edge Procedure Eliminates Seizures

October 24, 2013

Over 3 million people suffer from epilepsy in the United States, and past treatment options have been limited to medication or open brain surgery. Now, a technique called laser ablation is giving neurosurgeons a less-invasive way to eliminate seizures.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Somerset Medical Center Sign Merger Agreement

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Somerset Medical Center Sign Merger Agreement

October 10, 2013

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Somerset Medical Center recently celebrated the official signing of a merger agreement..

Dr. Shabbar F. Danish, director, Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery and assistant professor at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Preliminary Results of Laser Ablation Promising for Inoperable Brain Tumors & Epilepsy

October 2, 2013

Dr. Shabbar F. Danish, director, Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery and assistant professor at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and team have performed more than 100 laser procedures to date.

Santa Clause

RWJUH Young Chef Achieves Certified Chef de Cuisine Designation from American Culinary Federation

December 20, 2012

Read about Nicholas Mercogliano’s career journey, from early training at Freehold Borough H.S. to more formal training at the Culinary Institute of America, in this recently published Home News Tribune feature story.

New Efforts to Close Hospitals’ Revolving Doors

New Efforts to Close Hospitals’ Revolving Doors

December 4, 2012

RWJ's Transitional Care Program is helping patients get the care they need and decreasing hospital readmission rates. Read more about it in this recent New York Times article.

John Dziedzic & Son

Linden Man Thankful to be Alive; Son Runs for Help, Performs CPR after Heart Attack

November 26, 2012

Patient John Dziedzic, who recently suffered a large heart attack while driving with his son, expresses gratitude for his 14-year-old son and the RWJUH and RWJUH Rahway medical personnel who saved his life.

Paramedic team answered the call after Sandy sent Central Jersey into darkness

Paramedic Team Answered the Call After Sandy Sent Central Jersey into Darkness

November 6, 2012

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital paramedics Neel Mehta and John Geib were credited with rescuing a family suffering from CO poisoning.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital working to reduce readmissions

High Readmission Rates Mean Lower Medicare Payments for New Jersey Hospitals

October 19, 2012

NJ Spotlight features RWJ’s innovative Transitional Care Program to lower hospital readmission rates.

Pooch Prescription: Man's Best Friend Lightens Burdened Hearts of Patients

Pooch Prescription: Man's Best Friend Lightens Burdened Hearts of Patients

August 10, 2012

Therapy dog Josie has been transforming the spirits of patients when she visits PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick, as well Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at RWJUH and The Cancer Hospital at RWJUH.

Kathy Zavotsky, RN

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital RNs Get Support from Nurse Educators

July 31, 2012

Have a question on the weekend? Who are you going to call? Nurses at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J., reach out to one of the clinical nurse specialists/educators in the Clinical Assistance and Professional Education program, known as CAPE.

Nurse Quality Check

Nurse Quality Check

July 13, 2012

Comment from RWJ's nursing leadership featured in this HealthLeaders magazine article on nursing quality. The story is published in the July 2012 issue.

Most Wired bolt

RWJUH Recognized among the Nation’s 2012 Most Wired Hospitals

July 10, 2012

RWJUH has been recognized among the nation’s “Most Wired” hospitals according to the results of the 2012 Most Wired Survey released today in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

Nurse

Nursing Externs Serve as a Success in Community

July 3, 2012

Five New Brunswick Health Sciences and Technology High School graduates now pursuing undergraduate degrees in nursing recently completed a six-week nurse externship at RWJ, an opportunity made possible with a $15,000 grant from the TD Bank Charitable Foundation to the RWJ University Hospital Foundation.

Study Ties Secondhand Smoke to Bladder Irritation in Kids

May 25, 2012

Parents who smoke may put their young children at greater risk for bladder irritation, according to a new study led by Kelly C. Johnson, MD, chief resident of urology in the Department of Surgery at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and researchers from RWJ and Rutgers University.

How a young, healthy RN nearly died (three times) and lived to tell her story

March 29, 2012

A story about a young woman's fight to survive a spontaneous dissection of the LAD (left anterior descending artery) - a dissection that often results in death before it’s even discovered - and the life-saving care she received at RWJ.

Hospitals could do a better job of treating pediatric ICU patients to avoid infections

March 29, 2012

See Dr. Vicki Craig (Pediatric Critical Care) in this ABC 7 Eyewitness News NY story about Consumer Reports' rankings of Pediatric Intensive Care Units. The Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center recently recognized RWJ among a handful of hospitals nationally with the lowest Pediatric Intensive Care Unit infection rate.

Survival Guide: A One-Day Physical For Business People

March 28, 2012

The annual physical — it’s something we all dread, and if given half a chance it is something we will postpone — often for years. Time is one of the most popular excuses for putting off a physical — especially when people need to fit it into their busy work schedules. RWJ’s Executive Health Program was designed to streamline the process and get it completed in one visit.

Featured Videos

Dr. Ernest Leva on Concussions

February 2012


Dr. Ernest Leva, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and RWJ, explains and talks about concussion symptoms, its impact and the importance of timely treatment.

Taking Control of Your Heart Health

February 2012


Dr. Liliana Cohen, assistant professor of medicine, Division of Cardiology, at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, describes risk factors, symptoms, and what you can do to take control of your heart health.

New RWJ Fitness & Wellness Center in New Brunswick

February 2012



Learn more about the new 67,000 sq. ft. RWJ Fitness & Wellness Center slated to open in New Brunswick later this year.

About Blood Donation at the New Brunswick Affiliated Hospitals Blood Center

February 2012


Curious about donating blood? Pat McTighe, with the New Brunswick Affiliated Hospitals Blood Center (NBAH), explains the process and talks about the urgent need for blood and blood products.

RWJ Doctors

November 15, 2011

BMSCH Celebrating 10 Years

October 2011


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