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About the Partnership

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On January 15, 2015, Seton Hall University and Hackensack Meridian Health officially announced that they had signed a memorandum of understanding to form a new, four-year School of Medicine, which would become the first private medical school to open in New Jersey in many decades. The two partners also announced that the new medical school would be co-located with Seton Hall’s College of Nursing and School of Health and Medical Sciences on a state-of-the-art Interprofessional Health Sciences (IHS) campus to be created in Nutley and Clifton, N.J., on the former site of Roche Pharmaceuticals.

Since then, the two partners have worked together diligently to create a world-class medical school that will help address the critical shortage of physicians in the state and the nation. From the beginning, the partners knew that opening a new School of Medicine would be an incredibly complex project, requiring tremendous investment and coordination. Throughout the process, both parties recognized and agreed that certain aspects of this joint venture might be reconfigured as it progressed. As the process continued to evolve, it became increasingly clear that the original form of the relationship needed to be revised.

As a result, the partners restructured the agreement so that Hackensack Meridian Health will assume complete financial responsibility for the School of Medicine beginning on July 1, 2018. Eventually, the school will be administered solely by Hackensack Meridian Health after a defined transition process. Until the transition is complete, Seton Hall will retain the academic responsibilities for operating the school, will be in charge of developing its innovative interdisciplinary curriculum, will facilitate financial aid, and will issue diplomas to medical students upon graduation.

Seton Hall’s strategic academic partnership with Hackensack Meridian Health is comprehensive and will continue well beyond the School of Medicine's transition. As part of this ongoing partnership, the University’s nursing and health science students will continue to study and train alongside students from the medical school on the new IHS campus. In addition, Seton Hall’s nursing and health science students will have broad access to train at Hackensack Meridian Health's 16 hospitals and other medical facilities in the state, four of which are ranked among the top 10 hospitals in New Jersey. Lastly, 25 percent of each incoming class for the medical school will be reserved specifically for Seton Hall students, a valuable benefit in the very competitive environment for medical education.

About Seton Hall University

One of the country's leading Catholic universities, Seton Hall University has been developing students in mind, heart and spirit since 1856. Home to nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and offering more than 90 rigorous academic programs, Seton Hall's academic excellence has been singled out for distinction by The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Business.

Seton Hall, which embraces students of all religions, prepares its graduates to be exemplary servant leaders and global citizens. In recent years, the University has achieved extraordinary success. Since 2009, the University has seen record-breaking undergraduate enrollment growth in addition to an impressive 95-point increase in the average SAT scores of incoming freshmen. In the past decade, Seton Hall students and alumni have been awarded nearly 20 Fulbright Scholarships as well as other prestigious academic honors including a Rhodes Scholar. In the past five years, the University has invested more than $134 million in new campus buildings and renovations. And in 2015, Seton Hall launched a new School of Medicine as well as a new College of Communication and the Arts.

A founding member of the new Big East Conference, the Seton Hall Pirates field 14 NCAA Division I varsity sports teams. The University's beautiful main campus is located in suburban South Orange, New Jersey, and is only 14 miles from New York City - offering its students a wealth of employment, internship, cultural and entertainment opportunities. The University's nationally recognized School of Law is prominently located in downtown Newark. For more information, visit

About Hackensack Meridian Health

Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care. Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 16 hospitals, including three academic medical centers, two children's hospitals, two rehabilitation institutes, nine community hospitals, physician practices, more than 120 ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, and urgent care and after-hours centers. Hackensack Meridian Health has 28,000 team members, more than 6,000 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

The Network's notable distinctions include having one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, the number one hospital in New Jersey as ranked by U.S. News and World Report, consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For," one of the "20 Best Workplaces in Health Care" in the nation, and the number one "Best Place to Work for Women." Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.

Hackensack Meridian Health recently announced a groundbreaking partnership with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. This partnership between the world's oldest and largest private cancer center and one of New Jersey's largest healthcare systems will bring innovative care to patients and create shared programs that will be amongst the largest in the country.

Hospital Location
HackensackUMC Hackensack
Jersey Shore University Medical Center Neptune
Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital Hackensack
K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital Neptune
Ocean Medical Center Brick
Riverview Medical Center Red Bank
HackensackUMC Mountainside Montclair
Palisades Medical Center North Bergen
Raritan Bay Medical Center Perth Amboy
Southern Ocean Medical Center Manahawkin
Bayshore Community Hospital Holmdel
Raritan Bay Medical Center Old Bridge
HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley Westwood
JFK Medical Center Edison
JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute Edison
Shore Rehabilitation Institute Brick

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