Hackensack (N.J.) University Health Network and Seton Hall University, South Orange, N.J., announced Jan. 15 that the two institutions have signed a memorandum of understanding to form a new, four-year school of medicine.
The partnership will establish the only private school of medicine in the state, according to a news release. The school intends to locate on the campus of the former Hoffmann-La Roche Inc., a biomedical facility, in Nutley and Clifton, N.J.
Establishing the school of medicine will help curb the critical physician shortage that the state and nation face, the release said, noting that by 2020 an estimated shortage of 2,500 physicians in the state will exist.
“We are excited to be taking this next step with Seton Hall University,” Robert C. Garrett, president and CEO of HackensackUHN, said in the release. “Our academic reputations, combined with our clinical expertise, will guarantee the establishment of a world-class academic institution in the Garden State.”
The school of medicine will help educate the future workforce, the release said, and provide an economic boost to the region by creating jobs.
Garrett said the school will create “thousands of highly-skilled jobs for New Jerseyans in the years to come.”
Seton Hall plans to integrate its nursing and allied health programs with the new school of medicine, the release said, to mirror how healthcare will be delivered in the future.
“As a Catholic university with strong programs in the sciences, nursing, health and medical sciences, and health law, we are perfectly poised to create a school of medicine that will educate talented people in the diverse fields of healthcare,” A. Gabriel Esteban, president of Seton Hall University, said in the release.
Subject to the New Jersey Economic Development Authority approval, an agreement is expected to be finalized early this year, the release said.