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RWJUH Names Rutgers College of Nursing Dean to its Board of Directors

March 22, 2010

(New Brunswick) - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) has named Rutgers College of Nursing Dean William Holzemer, RN, PhD, FAAN, of Weehawken, to its Board of Directors.

Rutgers College of
Nursing  Dean William Holzemer, RN, PhD, FAAN

“Dr. Holzemer brings both a broad and unique perspective to our board,” said RWJUH Board Chairman John Hoffman, Esq. “Clearly, he has an extensive research background and is recognized both nationally and internationally for his expertise in academic nursing and HIV/AIDS care. We believe he will be a tremendous asset to RWJUH as we continue to expand our reputation as a nationally distinguished academic medical center.”

Dr. Holzemer added: “RWJUH, working with its partners, has established a reputation for excellence in academic medicine. This is an exciting time to join the Board and I look forward to exploring new ways to both strengthen and expand the partnership that exists between the Rutgers College of Nursing and RWJUH.”

Dr. Holzemer was appointed Dean of the Rutgers College of Nursing in 2009. Prior to that, he held several key faculty and administrative leadership positions at the University of California-San Francisco School of Nursing. Most recently, he served as Associate Dean for International Programs, Head of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center and Director of the International Center for HIV/AIDS Research in Clinical Training for Nursing.

An internationally recognized expert in academic nursing and HIV/AIDS care, Dr. Holzemer has provided global leadership to the World Health Organization, the International Council of Nurses and many universities around the world. He has served as consultant and external reviewer for governmental agencies such as the Finish Academy of Nursing, the Japan Academy of Nursing, African Nursing Honor Society, RAE 2001 Higher Education Funding Council (United Kingdom), the Medical Research Council for South Africa and others.

Dr. Holzemer has demonstrated leadership with the National League for Nursing, American Academy of Nursing, Commission on the Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools, American Nurses Association and served as the President of the American Nurses Foundation from 2002-2006. Under his leadership, the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science was organized within the American Academy of Nursing to provide a national voice for translational research and health policy development related to nursing science.

In addition, Dr. Holzemer serves as a member of the Joint Commission International, Standards Sub-Committee, Joint Commission on Accreditation of International Standards for Hospitals, Chicago.

Dr. Holzemer is also an elected member of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences.

About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is a 965-bed academic medical center with campuses in New Brunswick and Somerville, NJ.  Its Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation, cancer care, stroke care, neuroscience, joint replacement, and women’s and children’s care including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital ( 

As the flagship Cancer Hospital of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the principal teaching hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, RWJUH is an innovative leader in advancing state-of-the-art care. A Level 1 Trauma Center and the first Pediatric Trauma Center in the state, RWJUH’s New Brunswick campus serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness.

RWJUH has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report seven times and has been selected by the publication as a high performing hospital in numerous specialties.  The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report three times. In addition, RWJUH was named among the best places to work in health care by Modern Healthcare magazine and received the Equity Care of Award as Top Hospital for Healthcare Diversity and Inclusion from the American Hospital Association.

Both the New Brunswick and Somerset campuses have earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety, including the prestigious Magnet® Award for Nursing Excellence and “Most Wired” designation by Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine. The Joint Commission and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services have designated the New Brunswick Campus as a Comprehensive Stroke Center and the Somerset Campus as a Primary Stroke Center.

The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer has rated RWJUH New Brunswick among the nation’s best comprehensive cancer centers and designated the Steeplechase Cancer Center at RWJ Somerset as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center.  The Joint Surgery Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for total knee and total hip replacement surgery.