PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The groundbreaking on the RWJBarnabas Health Athletic Performance
Center at Rutgers University today signals a new partnership between Rutgers
and RWJBarnabas Health to create a comprehensive sports medicine program
to serve Rutgers athletes, students and communities throughout New Jersey.
Through this partnership, RWJBarnabas Health will become the exclusive
health care provider for Rutgers Athletics, while creating a best-in-class
sports medicine program that can be expanded across the state.
Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and CEO for RWJBarnabas Health, speaks at
the groundbreaking ceremony held at Rutgers University for the new RWJBarnabas
Health Athletic Performance Center.
Rutgers University President Robert Barchi and RWJBarnabas Health President
and CEO Barry H. Ostrowsky joined university, RWJBarnabas Health, state
and community officials to break ground on a 295,000-square-foot, four-story
sports facility and parking deck located adjacent to the Rutgers Athletics
Center in Piscataway. The RWJBarnabas Health Athletic Performance Center
also will be the headquarters for a world-class sports medicine program.
RWJBarnabas Health will develop and manage the program, which will provide
Rutgers’ 625 NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletes with an extensive
array of health care services and pursue advances in sports medicine.
“This partnership between New Jersey’s State University, with
its academic health center, and the state’s most comprehensive integrated
health system, will be transformational on many levels, giving our students
and athletes a world-class sports medicine program and helping us construct
a cutting-edge athletic training facility,” President Barchi said.
RWJBarnabas Health is investing a total of $18 million to create a sports
medicine program and for construction of the facility, which will be completed
by July 2019. The RWJBarnabas Health Athletic Performance Center will
be built on the site of the existing parking lot southwest of the RAC
and northwest of the Rutgers Business School. The RWJBarnabas Health sports
medicine program will be comprised of athletic trainers, physical therapists,
sports medicine physicians, orthopedic surgeons, sports psychologists,
psychiatrists and other behavioral health specialists, sports performance
specialists and nutritional experts.
The RWJBarnabas Health sports medicine center will be accessible to the
entire Rutgers community and the public, in addition to Rutgers athletes.
"It is our mission to bring the best of academic medicine, research,
education and providers together to create healthier communities in New
Jersey. This partnership represents the next natural step in bringing
together The State University of New Jersey and the state's finest
health care system," said Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and CEO,
RWJBarnabas Health. "This will allow both of our organizations to
leverage resources to serve the Rutgers students, faculty and surrounding
communities. With the new RWJBarnabas Health Athletic Performance Center
serving as the cornerstone for a nationally recognized collegiate athletics
and sports medicine program, we look forward to investing in academic
medical education, sports performance and overall community wellness."
In addition to the sports medicine center, the building will provide a
state-of-the-art practice facility for men’s and women’s basketball,
wrestling and gymnastics. The investment also will fund upgraded sports
medicine equipment and facilities at the Hale Center.
“Our partnership with RWJBarnabas Health is a testament to the leadership
of Dr. Barchi and Barry H. Ostrowsky,” said Rutgers Director of
Athletics Patrick Hobbs. “They share a vision to provide our students,
and athletes across the state, with the very best in sports medicine and
together we will do that. Everyone is coming together to provide our students
and coaches with the resources they need to compete at a championship
level. This is a day to celebrate the commitment of our Governor, our
partners in the Legislature, and the many Rutgers alumni and friends who
are responding to our call to be all in.”
The sports medicine program also will aim to advance academic opportunities
in sports-medicine fields. Affiliated physicians and practitioners will
be able to hone sports medicine skills in a Big Ten practice setting,
whether in the renovated Hale Center, RWJBarnabas Health Athletic Performance
Center or on the sidelines at athletics practices and games.
This collaboration follows another strategic partnership announced recently
in which RWJBarnabas Health will invest hundreds of millions of dollars
in the coming years to advance medical research at Rutgers University’s
medical schools to attract highly regarded researchers and increase National
Institutes of Health funding.
“This is the next step in a partnership that will help us recruit
nationally recognized researchers, specialists and clinical staff to provide
the highest quality clinical care, leading-edge research, and top-tier
health education and create a nationally recognized academic health center
in New Jersey,” said Brian L. Strom, Executive Vice President of
Health Affairs and Chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.
“R Big Ten Build,” a targeted campaign to raise $100 million
for new or upgraded facilities, was launched on Jan. 20. Phase I, created
in collaboration with the University Physical Master Plan, includes three
projects: The RWJBarnabas Health Athletic Performance Center, a Lacrosse
and Soccer Training Complex and a Football Training Complex/Expansion
of the Hale Center.
“R Big Ten Build” surpassed the $50 million milestone in just
15 weeks. The initiative has received 10 donations of more than $1 million,
including the three largest gifts in Rutgers Athletics history, which
combine to exceed $11 million. As of mid-October, 1,571 donors had contributed
$31.5 million, totaling $56.5 million toward the campaign. In addition,
tax credits of $25 million, which await final approval by the New Jersey
Economic Development Authority, will help fund the construction.
Construction is expected to begin in spring 2017.
Editors’ Note: Renderings of the RWJBarnabas Health Athletic Performance Center and photos
from today’s groundbreaking event are available to download here:
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