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Hackensack University Health Network (HackensackUHN) and Seton Hall University (SHU) announced today that the two organizations have signed a definitive agreement to form a new, four-year school of medicine. Earlier this year, HackensackUHN and SHU signed a memorandum of understanding regarding the establishment of the school.
“This definitive agreement with Seton Hall University marks another step forward for our new school of medicine,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of HackensackUHN. “We are excited to build a world-class institution that will prepare future healthcare professionals in an innovate curriculum. The opportunities are endless when combining our clinical expertise and Seton Hall University’s academic reputation.”
“We look forward to partnering with Hackensack University Health Network to create a top-tier school of medicine,” said Seton Hall President A. Gabriel Esteban. “The school will be built upon Hackensack’s extensive clinical and research expertise combined with the University’s nationally recognized academic strengths in the sciences, nursing, and health and medical sciences.”
This partnership will establish the only private Catholic school of medicine currently in the state and provide a significant economic boost to the region. Establishing a school of medicine with the backing of two esteemed institutions will attract the best and brightest to the field of medicine in the State of New Jersey and help curb the critical physician shortage that the state and the nation currently face. By 2020, it is estimated there will be a shortage of 2,500 physicians in the Garden State. In order to make this transformational project a reality, HackensackUHN and SHU will launch a significant philanthropic fundraising effort and will seek State funding and incentives.
Earlier this year, the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners granted conditional approval to the project, subject to the approval from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). The LCME is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the authority for the accreditation of medical education programs leading to the M.D. degree. Accreditation by the LCME establishes eligibility for selected federal grants and programs, including Title VII funding administered by the Public Health Service.
The school of medicine will be committed to educational and healthcare excellence, cutting-edge research, high quality care, and the advancement of medical and health science educational imperatives. Seton Hall’s plan to co-locate its College of Nursing and School of Health and Medical Sciences with the new school of medicine is not only innovative but mirrors how healthcare will be delivered in the future. HackensackUHN’s hospitals will serve as the primary clinical teaching sites for SHU and SHU-affiliated graduate education programs.
Pictured: Patrick Murray, chairman of the Seton Hall Board of Regents; Joseph Simunovich, chairman of the Hackensack University Health Network Board of Trustees. Sitting, left to right: A. Gabriel Esteban, president of Seton Hall University; Robert C. Garrett, president and CEO of Hackensack University Health Network.