The five-story multidisciplinary ambulatory care center will be RWJBarnabas Health’s northern center for world-class cancer care
LIVINGTON, NJ, September 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center (CBMC), an RWJBarnabas healthcare facility, this week opened a five-story, 137,000 square foot cancer center at its Livingston campus. The $225 milliona freestanding outpatient facility, scheduled for completion in 2025, will serve as the northern hub for integrated oncology services offered by RWJBarnabas Health and the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the only Comprehensive Cancer Center designated by the National Cancer Institute in the state. This innovative model of care is transforming the delivery of cancer services across the state, bringing groundbreaking discoveries, clinical research and Rutgers Cancer Institute expertise to patients close to home.
“The new Cancer Center at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center will be a regional destination for cancer care, building on the medical center’s longstanding heritage of clinical expertise and compassionate, centered diagnosis and treatment. on the patient,” said Richard L. Davis, president and CEO of the hospital. “We are celebrating the dawn of a new era in world-class cancer care.”
In keeping with the theme of Reinventing cancer care, the new center will offer medical, surgical and radiation oncology services under one roof – with holistic support services including a wig and prosthetic studio, a teaching kitchen and yoga, reiki and music therapy . The facility will include private infusion rooms and a calming garden terrace. Other amenities will include short-term and long-term treatment spaces where patients can go for treatments that may preclude a visit to the emergency department.
The construction of the new center is part of the expansion of oncology services provided by RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, as well as an ongoing transformation of the medical campus. The generosity of Leon and Toby Coopermanwhich in 2021 made a historic $100 million gift to the medical center.
“We commend the Cooperman Family Foundation for their longstanding support of our hospital and our entire community,” said Bruce Schonbraun, Chairman of the Board of CBMC. “Their extraordinary and selfless generosity has enabled this facility to expand its footprint and attract world-class physicians to provide the best healthcare available in the north. New Jersey.”
“The grand opening of a new cancer center at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center is the latest example of how RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey are reimagining cancer care for the communities we serve,” added Steven K. LibuttiMD, director of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Senior Vice President, Oncology Services at RWJBarnabas Health. “Together, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center and the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jerseythe only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in the state, are transforming cancer services in the region by bringing the latest discoveries and extraordinary, comprehensive cancer care closer to home,” added the Dr Libutti.
The medical center’s partnership with the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey gives patients access to the most advanced treatment options, including immunotherapy, blood and marrow transplantation, CAR T-cell therapy and clinical trials, many of which are not available elsewhere. Patients no longer need to travel far for the latest treatments.
“A cancer diagnosis is life changing, and for many patients and their families, it’s the start of a long and sometimes daunting journey,” said Michel Scoppetuolo, MD, medical director of the CBMC Cancer Center. “To that end, I am excited about the top quality research and care that will take place at this new center. We have an amazing medical staff and access to clinical trials and research that sets us apart from other institutions in the State. and puts us at the forefront.”
“Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center already provides exceptional cancer care with some of the most advanced and comprehensive care in the state,” said Alison Grann, MD, director of the hospital’s radiation oncology department. “This new building will provide a physical environment at the height of clinical excellence. This stand-alone, best-in-class cancer center will provide the highest quality scientific, treatment and psychosocial services, setting it apart from other centers in the region.
Russell Langan, MD, FACS, Chief of Surgical Oncology and Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center, further highlighted the benefits of having a multidisciplinary location for patients to receive care. “When you have clinicians together under one roof to meet regularly and collaborate, along with integrated services, you provide peace of mind, greater convenience, and a better patient experience. Additionally, in addition to providing this enhanced peace of mind, the multi-team environment this cancer center will create will also translate to better clinical outcomes.”
“For more than a century, this medical center has been committed to providing compassionate care, excellence in health care and superior service to our patients and their families,” said Davis. “As we expand our services with facilities like this, we remain steadfastly focused on this mission.”
More information about the new center is available online at rwjbh.org/cbmccancercenter.
About Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center
Since 1865, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center (CBMC), formerly known as Saint Barnabas Medical Center, has been from New Jersey oldest non-sectarian hospital. The 597-bed facility is one of the largest healthcare providers in the state, treating more than 32,000 inpatients and 80,000 emergency department patients each year. Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center in partnership with the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey – the only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the state – brings a world-class team of researchers and specialists to fight alongside you, providing access close to home to the latest treatments and clinical trials.
SOURCE Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center (CBMC)