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Coming soon: New Jersey’s first cancer hospital

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The $750 million facility is being built by RWJBarnabas Health and the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Two other outpatient cancer centers are also under construction.

It’s been a long time coming, but New Jersey is poised to open its first freestanding cancer hospital in the near future.

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RWJBarnabas Health and the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey are building New Jersey's first freestanding cancer hospital. (Image: RWJBarnabas)

RWJBarnabas Health and the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey are working together to build the $750 million facility. The plans were first announced in 2019.

RWJBarnabas said this week that the hospital is slated to open in early 2025. The construction continues as RWJBarnabas Health is also investing hundreds of millions of dollars to build two outpatient cancer facilities.

The Jack & Sheryl Morris Cancer Center is under construction in New Brunswick. It’s named in honor of Jack Morris, the chairman of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and his wife, Sheryl. Morris donated the property to the city of New Brunswick, NJ.com reported. The couple founded a real estate development company.

The new, 12-story hospital is a 510,000-square-foot facility and will feature 96 inpatient beds. The project is being built in partnership with the New Brunswick Development Corporation.

The new cancer hospital is designed to bring together clinical care and research all in one location. RWJBarnabas says the new hospital will feature “state-of-the-art laboratories.” The plans call for 10 research laboratories with 100 scientists studying various aspects of cancer.

Steven Libutti, director of Rutgers Cancer Institute and senior vice president of oncology services at RWJBarnabas Health, said in 2022 that it’s critical to have a central site connecting physicians and researchers.

“While we still believe it's critically important that we have sites and facilities all across the state to bring cancer care as close to home as possible,” Libutti said in 2022. “We also believe that we need one hub that allows us to bring the highest level of comprehensive multidisciplinary care and the setting of active research.”

The hospital will offer surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy, as well as wellness and educational resources for patients, caregivers and families. The plans also call for a wellness garden and massage and gentle exercise.

Even as the new cancer hospital moves closer to completion, RWJBarnabas is also making progress on two planned outpatient cancer centers.

RWJBarnabas is investing $225 million in the construction of the Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston. The five-story, 137,000 square-foot building is expected to be finished in 2025. It will feature 52 exam rooms, 46 private infusion rooms, eight treatment spaces for short stays, and six treatment spaces for extended stays.

In addition, RWJBarnabas is building another outpatient cancer center at Monmouth Medical Center’s Vogel Medical Campus. The $200 million facility will offer same-day surgery, advanced diagnostic imaging and specialty care, the system said. That facility is also slated to open in 2025.

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