RWJ Foundation Donates $1.68 Million to New Rowan SOM Facility

By: Arianna Adan, Writer / Follow South Jersey Higher Education Intern

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SEWELL, N.J. — The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked for more than 45 years to advance the healthcare system to provide equal access to medical services in the United States. Earlier this week, the foundation announced a donation of $1.68 million to Rowan University’s new osteopathic medicine facility at the Gloucester County campus of Rowan College of South Jersey. This will benefit students who are studying to become physicians and will even provide health care resources for residents that live in South Jersey.

This donation will help fund the construction of a two-story, 55,000-square foot building that’ll house both medical education resources and clinical services for patients. Rowan Medicine will open six health care programs on the ground floor of the building, which is currently scheduled to open on March 21, 2021.

Residents from Cape May, Salem, Cumberland and Gloucester counties will be able to receive primary care and healthcare assistance.

“This project has the potential to transform health care in South Jersey,” Rowan University President Ali Houshmand said in a press release. “This new campus uniquely positions our School of Osteopathic Medicine to both provide quality care to vulnerable populations and respond to the region’s physician shortage, especially in primary care disciplines.”

In addition to services provided to the community, this new facility will allow for 200 to 272 students to take each class that’s held at the building. This will allow Rowan to have the largest medical school in New Jersey, but students won’t be able to enroll in classes at the new building until July of 2022.

This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.