The Future of Cancer Care is Here

This new 12 story, 510,000 square foot center 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.

Overview

The Jack & Sheryl Morris Cancer Center will transform cancer research and care throughout New Jersey and beyond. The state’s first and only freestanding cancer hospital is a joint venture of RWJBarnabas Health (RWJBH) and Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, in partnership with the New Brunswick Development Corporation.

The project is expected to be completed in 2024.

New Brunswick Development Corporation (DEVCO) officially broke ground on the development of a new, state-of-the-art, freestanding cancer center known as the RCINJ Jack and Sheryl Morris Cancer Center in June 2021. The new $750 million Cancer Center represents a partnership of RWJBarnabas Health and RCINJ and is being developed by DEVCO. The new 11-story, 520,000 square foot facility will be connected by a skywalk to the existing RCINJ and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital buildings.

The new Cancer Center will consolidate key cancer services into a single point of care for such services as inpatient and outpatient care, radiological services, surgical facilities, wellness, administrative and support space as well as other components. Specifically, the facility will offer 96 inpatient beds, 84 infusion bays, 74 exam rooms, 9 operating rooms, advanced radiology including 4 linear accelerators as well as other equipment, and core laboratory, pharmacy and extended outpatient care. Specific patient support spaces will provide services for wellness and education programs for both patients and the community including cancer prevention programs, screenings, exercise, and image renewal.

In addition to enhanced offerings for patient care, the new Cancer Center will expand Rutgers University’s already considerable research infrastructure. Specifically, the project will provide research laboratory facilities, allowing RCINJ to bring 10 new world class Principal Investigators together with their teams and research funding to New Jersey. The co-location of research with patient care in a single building will provide an important opportunity for the translation of science to patient treatment and care.

There are additional community benefits being created as part of the development of the new facility. Over 1,000 local construction jobs will be created together with 500-600 new permanent jobs to support the new facility. In addition, Middlesex County is establishing a partnership with RCINJ and RWJBarnabas Health through its investment of $25 million in the development of the new Cancer Center. The partnership will allow for the future development of innovative academic and training programs to prepare county residents for careers at the new Cancer Center. Finally, the project is providing a $55 million financial investment toward the development of a new replacement school for grades K-8 for the New Brunswick Public School District.

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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.

Research

Lab facilities and equipment to support 10 research teams, clinical trial offices and faculty offices.

With an emphasis on research, education, prevention, and patient care, this facility will give New Jersey cancer patients enhanced access to the latest treatments – fueled in part by scientific investigation conducted at Rutgers and by numerous other partners.

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.

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.

“Jack Morris has been the greatest champion of this project since its inception. The magnitude of this generosity propels Jack and Sheryl into the ranks of visionary philanthropists who have helped to change the course of healthcare in New Jersey.”
– Barry Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer, RWJBarnabas Health
“I am humbled by the passion and commitment of the Morris family and the many other donors who I know will join them. Their support will further propel us into the future of cancer discovery and care, and for that we are truly grateful.”
– Steven Libutti, Ph.D., Director of Rutgers Cancer Institute and Senior Vice President, Oncology Services, RWJBarnabas Health
“The Jack and Sheryl Morris Cancer Center represents incredible progress in our city’s growth and will further enhance the world-class fabric of the New Brunswick landscape”
– Christopher Paladino, President, New Brunswick Development Corporation

Breaking Ground on the Future of Cancer Care

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.

Key Highlights

Blanquita B. Valenti Community School

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. Construction of the 125,000 square foot school is part of a $750 million project funded by RWJBarnabas Health.

Partners

Timeline

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