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RWJ and Saint Peters Launch Survey to ID Health Care Needs Of Middlesex County And Franklin Residents

May 30, 2012

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - Residents of Middlesex County and the Somerset section of Franklin Township will have a chance to help improve health care services in their communities by participating in a brief telephone survey which begins last week. 

Staff from the Professional Research Company will contact residents of these communities on behalf of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) and Saint Peter’s University Hospital (SPUH) as part of a community needs assessment they are conducting to help identify critical health issues and plan future health initiatives. The brief phone surveys will be conducted in both English and Spanish. 
“We encourage all residents to participate when contacted because it is extremely important for our hospitals to have a clear understanding of our community’s health care needs,” explains Mariam Merced, Director of Community Health Promotions at RWJUH. “The information we collect will allow us to better coordinate health care services, outreach, education and prevention efforts in the communities we serve.”
Maria Irizarry, Vice President and Chief of Ambulatory Services at SPUH adds, “Both hospitals serve diverse communities that have unique health care needs. This is an excellent opportunity for residents to have a voice and make a direct impact on future health care services that will directly address their needs.”
The telephone survey is part of a Community Needs Assessment supported by a $249,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s New Jersey Health Initiatives Program. The study also includes bilingual focus groups, key informant interviews, as well as partnerships with health departments and community-based organizations. It will also encourage better use of the Internet and social media to reach the populations served by both hospitals in Middlesex County and the Somerset section of Franklin Township in Somerset County. 
About Saint Peter’s Healthcare System
Saint Peter’s Healthcare System Inc., parent company of the Saint Peter’s healthcare delivery system, is comprised of Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a 478-bed acute-care teaching hospital; Saint Peter’s Foundation, the fundraising arm of the hospital; and Saint Peter’s Health and Management Services Corporation, which oversees the system’s outpatient facilities. These include the CARES Surgicenter; New Brunswick Cardiac Cath Lab; the Margaret McLaughlin McCarrick Care Center, Inc., a residential skilled nursing facility in Somerset; and Saint Peter’s Adult Day Center in Monroe Township. Saint Peter’s Healthcare System is sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. For more information about Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, please visit or call 732-745-8600.

About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is a 965-bed academic medical center with campuses in New Brunswick and Somerville, NJ.  Its Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation, cancer care, stroke care, neuroscience, joint replacement, and women’s and children’s care including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital ( 

As the flagship Cancer Hospital of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the principal teaching hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, RWJUH is an innovative leader in advancing state-of-the-art care. A Level 1 Trauma Center and the first Pediatric Trauma Center in the state, RWJUH’s New Brunswick campus serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness.

RWJUH has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report seven times and has been selected by the publication as a high performing hospital in numerous specialties.  The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report three times. In addition, RWJUH was named among the best places to work in health care by Modern Healthcare magazine and received the Equity Care of Award as Top Hospital for Healthcare Diversity and Inclusion from the American Hospital Association.

Both the New Brunswick and Somerset campuses have earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety, including the prestigious Magnet® Award for Nursing Excellence and “Most Wired” designation by Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine. The Joint Commission and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services have designated the New Brunswick Campus as a Comprehensive Stroke Center and the Somerset Campus as a Primary Stroke Center.

The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer has rated RWJUH New Brunswick among the nation’s best comprehensive cancer centers and designated the Steeplechase Cancer Center at RWJ Somerset as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center.  The Joint Surgery Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for total knee and total hip replacement surgery.