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New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals Achieves Milestone: NJCTH Now Includes All of the State's Major Teaching Facilities
Date:11/6/2008

NJCTH Welcomes Saint Peter's University Hospital And Hackensack University

Medical Center to State's Premier Health Education Group

TRENTON, N.J., Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals (NJCTH) today announced that it had achieved a significant milestone in the 22-year history of the educational and advocacy organization as the last of the state's major teaching medical facilities have agreed to join. Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) and Saint Peter's University Hospital are now members of the NJCTH.

"This is an important day for the Council," said William McDonald, Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center and Chairman of the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals. "All of the state's major teaching hospitals are now united behind a single mission: To provide leadership in health care delivery, education, and research, and to serve as the optimal setting for the provision of outstanding patient care and for the education of health care professionals."

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

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

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

Hackensack University Medical Center, a 775-bed teaching and research hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey -- New Jersey Medical School, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient 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 of growth and progress. Hackensack University Medical Center is Bergen County's largest employer with a work force of more than 7,200 employees and an annual budget of $1 billion. The more than 1,400 physicians and dentists on the medical and dental staff represent the full spectrum of specialties and subspecialties. Hackensack University Medical Center offers one of the region's most modern campuses, which is continually updated and expanded to incorporate emerging clinical approaches, medicine, and technologies. On this campus, hundreds of specialized programs and services are delivered.

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

For a century, Saint Peter's University Hospital has been serving the health care needs of central New Jersey. From its incorporation in 1908, Saint Peter's has grown to become a technologically-advanced, 478-bed teaching hospital, sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. Saint Peter's University Hospital is a member of the Saint Peter's Healthcare System along with the Saint Peter's Foundation and Saint Peter's Health and Management Services. 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 Drexel University College of Medicine, the largest private medical school in the nation. Saint Peter's is also a site for residency programs in radiology and orthopedic surgery in affiliation with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

About the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals

(http://www.njcth.org)

Together, NJCTH institutions represent more than 54,000 health care professionals and 9,600 hospital beds; care for more than 562,000 inpatients and nearly 9,300,000 outpatients each year; total an aggregate budget in excess of $8.1 billion per year; and provide a significant amount of the state's charity care. While constituting approximately 30 percent of the state's hospitals, the Council's members represent about 50 percent of all of the statewide volume. All three of New Jersey's Level I Trauma Centers are NJCTH 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. In affiliation with the University of Medicine and Dentistry's seven schools, NJCTH hospitals train more than 1900 resident physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners each year.

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


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