Rowan University unveiled details of its new medical school on Nov. 7 in partnership with Virtua Health.
Leaders of the two organizations unveiled their partnership and plans to establish Rowan University’s Virtua Health College of Medicine & Life Sciences in January with significant financial support.
Now Rowan officials are now working to formalize elements of the new college, now one of nine colleges in the Glassboro-based university.
In establishing this university health partnership to expand educational and medical services in South Jersey, Virtua Health has donated $85 million to Rowan University – the second largest endowment in the university’s history. . Rowan has also committed $125 million to support the new joint venture that brings the university its ninth college of study.
The new college will be based at the university’s Stratford campus at 1 Medical Center Drive, where 150 staff from both partners, students and guests gathered on Monday to learn more about the joint venture.
Rowan University President Ali A. Houshmand said the joint effort will attract and expand the university’s roster of professionals and students and bring a new five-story facility to Rowan’s West Campus. in Mantua.
“Together, we will help meet critical regional and national demand for health professional training, patient care and innovation,” Houshmand said, describing the plan as a “complex undertaking.”
Dennis W. Pullin, president and CEO of Virtua Health, said Virtua and Rowan have histories of reinvention.
“(We)…work well together because of compatible values and a shared desire to advance the health and well-being of the South Jersey communities we serve,” the CEO explained.
There would be three schools within the college:
- the existing Rowan-Virtua School of Osteopathic Medicine on the Stratford and Sewell campuses which trains physicians;
- the current School of Nursing and Allied Health will be expanded with a four-year bachelor’s degree program; and
- a research and innovation school called Engineering and Translational Biomedical Sciences.
Meanwhile, the School of Research and Innovation is recruiting 25 professors and clinical researchers by 2025 with plans to double that number to study cardiovascular disease, solid organ transplantation, and other medical fields, according to a spokesperson for Rowan.
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The research school will also include research institutes to align with improving patient care and training the future workforce.
Joe Cardona, vice president of academic relations, said some of these institute programs will be housed in a new health and behavioral health building being constructed on the Cumberland County campus of Rowan College in South Jersey in Vineland by the Cumberland County Improvement Authority.
In congratulating both institutions, U.S. Representative Donald Norcross, D-Camden. said the partnership between the two major institutions stemmed from prior state legislation that brought Rowan and Stratford Medical School together.
Rowan officials urge prospective students, faculty, and researchers to visit the college’s new website at https://sites.rowan.edu/vhc/.
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