Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital recently honored Robert and Joan Campbell for their generous $1.25 million pledge by dedicating the facility’s main rotunda in their honor. Shown at the dedication ceremony, from left to right, are: Michael Maroney, Jr., Co-Chair of the RWJ University Hospital Foundation’s Capital Campaign; Joan Campbell; Robert Campbell, Co-Chair of the RWJ University Hospital Foundation’s Capital Campaign; and Stephen K. Jones, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Robert Wood Johnson Health System.
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - Growing up during the Great Depression and World War II eras, Robert Campbell understood from a very early age the importance of personal sacrifice and helping others who cannot help themselves.
These values remained with him as he rose through the ranks at the Johnson & Johnson Corporation and influenced him to assume countless leadership roles to benefit charitable causes. “I grew up learning that if you were in a position to help others and you had an opportunity to do so, you had an obligation to help,” Mr. Campbell explains.
So when the RWJ University Hospital Foundation asked Mr. Campbell to co-chair its current Capital Fundraising Campaign, “Breakthroughs: Redefining Academic Medicine,” the North Brunswick resident didn’t hesitate to get involved and made a $1.25 million pledge on behalf of him and his wife, Joan.
The hospital recently honored Bob and Joan for their generous gift by dedicating the facility’s main rotunda in their honor. The donation will be used to support a broad range of initiatives at RWJUH, including technology acquisition, facility expansion, community outreach, education and research programs.
The Campbells’ generosity has encouraged many other individuals and organizations to follow their lead and the campaign is well on its way to achieving its fundraising goals.
“When Steve Jones (Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Robert Wood Johnson Health System President and CEO Stephen K. Jones) told me that Bob had agreed to be Co-Chair and asked if I would do the same, I said, 'Where do I sign up?’' says Michael Maroney, Jr., who also serves as campaign Co-Chair. "Everything Bob has been associated with has been successful, and I knew that this campaign would be because of his commitment.”
Mr. Campbell spent 40 years at Johnson & Johnson before retiring in 1995 as Vice Chairman of the Board. He held a variety of positions in financial management and systems planning and was named treasurer and a director in 1976. In 1985, he was appointed Chairman of the Professional Sector and named Vice Chairman in 1989. Under his leadership, Johnson & Johnson introduced major professional medical devices including disposable contact lenses, endo surgery instruments and cardiovascular stents.
Mr. Campbell, who also served in the United States Military as an Air Force Officer, has dedicated much of his personal and professional life to supporting charitable causes and leading non-profit boards. He has always had a desire to give back to his community, but he also feels fortunate that he worked for a corporation which values community involvement.
"Johnson & Johnson not only tolerated community involvement on behalf of its employees, they supported and encouraged it,” Mr. Campbell notes.
After retiring from Johnson & Johnson, Mr. Campbell wanted to remain active with non-profit boards whose missions focused on education and health care. “I firmly believe that the health of individuals is linked to the education they have,” Mr. Campbell explains. “Through education, people understand and gain an appreciation of how important good health is to them.”
Mr. Campbell takes great pride in playing a role in New Brunswick’s transformation from a troubled city in the 1960s and early 1970s, to “America’s Healthcare City,” through his service at Johnson & Johnson and on The Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation boards.
“I grew up in Passaic and witnessed the challenges they faced, but they didn’t have the same level of shared vision and civic support that was present in New Brunswick,” Mr. Campbell explains. “New Brunswick is a national example of what urban renewal can accomplish and to be part of Johnson & Johnson’s commitment to the city and establishing The Cancer Institute of New Jersey here, is extremely gratifying.”
He is quick to note that New Brunswick’s progress can be traced to partnerships. “None of what you see throughout the city would have happened were it not for a shared vision among institutions like Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital,” Mr. Campbell says. "There are many individuals who freely gave their time, knowledge and resources. They do not do it for publicity; they do it to improve the community.”
Despite his impressive list of accomplishments and extensive resume of community service, Mr. Campbell does not plan on slowing down and watching from the sidelines. He still enjoys leading teams and insists that he has received more from his efforts than he has given.
“There’s really no secret to it (leading successful teams),” Mr. Campbell says. “It’s about respecting people and showing that you’re working hard and setting an example. This never seemed like work for me. You get back much more than you give through the goals you accomplish and the great people you meet.”
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 (www.bmsch.org). 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 only 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 for three consecutive years.
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, an “A” patient safety rating from the Leapfrog Group 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.