The new Jack and Sheryl Morris Cancer Center is a state-of-the-art, freestanding cancer hospital featuring outpatient and inpatient capacity coupled with research laboratories, retail space and ancillary services devoted to patient wellness and is a first of its kind in New Jersey.
The center, named in recognition of the philanthropic leadership of Jack Morris, who has been a longtime supporter and pillar in New Brunswick development, and his wife, Sheryl will include the wide-ranging advanced oncology care services offered by Rutgers Cancer Institute and RWJBarnabas Health, all under one roof — greatly enhancing the patient experience and providing further ease of access.
This new 12 story, 510,000 square foot center also will house state-of-the art research laboratories. As an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, research is a core pillar of Rutgers Cancer Institute. The ability to translate scientific findings – literally – from ‘bench to bedside’ and back to the laboratory will provide our physician-scientists with more immediate feedback on clinical trials. This information will enable them to improve clinical assessment, further tailor patient treatments, and collect important research data in a more rapid and direct fashion.
Outpatient care: 84 infusion bays, 74 exam rooms, advanced radiology including four linear accelerators, diagnostic equipment (CT, MRI, mammogram and other equipment with core lab), pharmacy facilities and outpatient urgent care.
Inpatient care: 96 inpatient beds on three floors, a dedicated floor for surgical and procedure rooms (up to 11 total), a central sterile processing area and inpatient support spaces.
The Jack and Sheryl Morris Cancer Center will also have the capacity to offer wellness and education resources all in one location. From massage, to gentle exercise, a wellness garden and boutique offerings catered specifically to the needs of survivors and patients undergoing active treatment, such services help enhance quality of life and provide tremendous convenience for patients, caregivers and families.
Research: Wet lab facilities and equipment to support 10 research teams, clinical trial offices and faculty offices.
This integrated model speaks to treating the ‘whole’ patient in a comprehensive and compassionate fashion throughout all phases of their cancer journey. From diagnosis, to treatment, to survivorship, the new Jack and Sheryl Morris Cancer Center will serve as a beacon of hope and a destination who need it the most.
Dr. Steven Libutti, director of Rutgers Cancer Institute and Senior Vice President, Oncology Services, RWJBarnabas Health discusses the state's first free-standing cancer hospital.
As part of a strong commitment to the residents of New Brunswick and a mission to create healthier communities, opportunities will be available for local business and contractors, and local hiring will be a priority. In building the new cancer center and the elementary school, more than 1,000 local construction jobs will be created and upon completion, between 500-600 professional positions will be available to members of the community.
In partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, RWJBarnabas Health, New Brunswick Development Corporation (DEVCO), and The City of New Brunswick – Middlesex County is investing $25 million in the project. Workforce training and education will be offered to job applicants through a partnership with Middlesex College and others to foster innovation and discovery, and provide an environment filled with robust educational prospects for Middlesex County residents. Read more
RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers Cancer Institute, in partnership with the New Brunswick Development Corporation, broke ground in June 2021 on the Jack and Sheryl Morris Cancer Center. Governor Murphy, Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios, New Brunswick Mayor Jim Cahill, New Brunswick Development Corporation President Chris Paladino, and Rutgers University President Jonathan Holloway, joined health care leaders and others for the event. Watch here
Health, education and government leaders from the City of New Brunswick took part in a ceremonial groundbreaking for a $55 million elementary school at 50 Jersey Ave on May 12, 2021. Construction of the 125,000 square foot school is part of a $750 million project funded by RWJBarnabas Health, that includes development of the state’s first free-standing cancer hospital. Watch here
Philanthropic support from individuals, families, and organizations will play a significant role in realizing the full impact of the remarkable shared vision of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Cancer Pavilion. For information on giving in support of the Cancer Pavilion, please contact the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Development Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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