RWJBarnabas Health invests $18M in Rutgers Athletics training facility

Beancounter88

All Conference
Dec 22, 2010
3,107
1,640
113
That's great news for RU, but I'm never crazy about healthcare organizations spending money like this on non-healthcare items. The deal is big-time for RU though.
 
  • Like
Reactions: brista21

knightfan7

Hall of Famer
Jul 31, 2003
45,975
37,940
113
Manasquan, NJ
Per Barchi....

"$8 million will go towards the construction of a sports medicine facility that will be an extension to the building, which will be a practice program that will provide sports medicine for all of our 600 student-athletes as well as the rest of our students in the community.''

So the total project is now bigger than the current plans on the fundraising site? Is it fair to say RU has now secured approx $75 million of the $108 million needed?

Impressive especially considering the issues RU has had raising funding in the past.
 

knightfan7

Hall of Famer
Jul 31, 2003
45,975
37,940
113
Manasquan, NJ
That's great news for RU, but I'm never crazy about healthcare organizations spending money like this on non-healthcare items. The deal is big-time for RU though.
I find it interesting due to Barnabas's financial issues not all that long ago. I guess the merger has done wonders in a short time.
 

PaKnight

Hall of Famer
Jul 8, 2008
23,640
13,938
113
Per Barchi....

"$8 million will go towards the construction of a sports medicine facility that will be an extension to the building, which will be a practice program that will provide sports medicine for all of our 600 student-athletes as well as the rest of our students in the community.''

So the total project is now bigger than the current plans on the fundraising site? Is it fair to say RU has now secured approx $75 million of the $108 million needed?

Impressive especially considering the issues RU has had raising funding in the past.
Seems about right. The $100M was an estimate.
 

198hamilton

Senior
Gold Member
Jul 28, 2008
1,363
1,347
113
Just curious, how much will RU pay them to run the sports medicine facility per year?
 

Ridge 22

All Conference
Gold Member
Jul 1, 2007
3,420
2,917
113
Per Barchi....

"$8 million will go towards the construction of a sports medicine facility that will be an extension to the building, which will be a practice program that will provide sports medicine for all of our 600 student-athletes as well as the rest of our students in the community.''

So the total project is now bigger than the current plans on the fundraising site? Is it fair to say RU has now secured approx $75 million of the $108 million needed?

Impressive especially considering the issues RU has had raising funding in the past.
That's how I read it
 

Knight Shift

Legend
May 19, 2011
50,731
40,768
113
Jersey Shore
That's great news for RU, but I'm never crazy about healthcare organizations spending money like this on non-healthcare items. The deal is big-time for RU though.
I find it interesting due to Barnabas's financial issues not all that long ago. I guess the merger has done wonders in a short time.
Great news for RU, but I am not understanding how a healthcare organization can spend this kind of money on naming rights for a sports facility without some sort of public scrutiny/outcry.
 

Scarlet16E

All American
Nov 22, 2005
7,946
2,468
113
Stoddard, NH
This is just a small part of the overall investment RWJ/Barnabas is making in Rutgers overall. They also announced recently that they will be funding hundreds of Millions of dollars of Medical research at Rutgers.

I'm guessing the sports medicine facility would be a combination of clinical applications and research on new therapies, etc.
 

knightfan7

Hall of Famer
Jul 31, 2003
45,975
37,940
113
Manasquan, NJ
Great news for RU, but I am not understanding how a healthcare organization can spend this kind of money on naming rights for a sports facility without some sort of public scrutiny/outcry.
I don't know if that'd be an issue anywhere except when you're talking about RU/NJ. You only have to take a quick trip up the Turnpike to find Quest Diagnostics name on the Giants facility. I'm guessing the naming rights weren't free.

My issues with Barnabas are personal and I probably shouldn't be dragging them on here.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Jim_from_RU

Caliknight

Legend
Gold Member
Sep 21, 2001
115,639
46,534
113
No. Just asking a question. Someone will undoubtedly ask the question outside of Rutgers. Did you see my first few words, "Great news for RU", or are you just looking to start shit?

Don't worry , it's in NJ. The most cynical people on earth live there. Plenty of dummies will question it, most having no understanding of the basic facts.

Doesn't matter though. This is awesome.

Hobbs rules.
 

BROTHERSKINNY

All American
Oct 21, 2010
9,490
6,283
113
It would be awesome if we could get Johnson and Johnson to make a contribution to their home college sports program.
 

scarletrat

Heisman Winner
Aug 28, 2003
10,373
320
83
a win-win...not just for athletics, but for RWJ Medical School as a practice area to help enhance sports medicine...

knight shift--that is how they can justify the investment

novel thinking and should be commended all the way around
 

Scarlet_Scourge

Hall of Famer
May 25, 2012
25,567
12,561
113
It would be awesome if we could get Johnson and Johnson to make a contribution to their home college sports program.
Johnson and Johnson is a Rutgers sponsor, you see their logo at the football stadium and the RAC. They also give a lot to the academic side of things.

Also it case it wasn't super obvious... Robert Wood Johnson is Woody Johnson who is the the co-founder of Johnson & Johnson, thus the name. He also owns the NY Jets, he owns a lot of things. The UMDNJ now Rutgers school is named after him as will this new place.
 

RUPete

Heisman Winner
Feb 5, 2003
17,103
3,325
113
Johnson and Johnson is a Rutgers sponsor, you see their logo at the football stadium and the RAC. They also give a lot to the academic side of things.

Also it case it wasn't super obvious... Robert Wood Johnson is Woody Johnson who is the the co-founder of Johnson & Johnson, thus the name. He also owns the NY Jets, he owns a lot of things. The UMDNJ now Rutgers school is named after him as will this new place.
The hospital is named after General Robert Wood Johnson. Same family, different generation.
 

brista21

All Conference
Dec 7, 2004
4,017
62
48
Johnson and Johnson is a Rutgers sponsor, you see their logo at the football stadium and the RAC. They also give a lot to the academic side of things.

Also it case it wasn't super obvious... Robert Wood Johnson is Woody Johnson who is the the co-founder of Johnson & Johnson, thus the name. He also owns the NY Jets, he owns a lot of things. The UMDNJ now Rutgers school is named after him as will this new place.
Woody Johnson is not the co-founder of Johnson & Johnson, he's one of the heirs. He's the great-grandson of Robert Wood Johnson I, who was a co-founder of Johnson & Johnson. But same difference I suppose.

As for the renderings, is it just me or is the facade of the building particularly ugly and dated looking? The interior renderings on the other hand look amazing!
 

kupuna133

Senior
Jul 13, 2015
1,008
737
113
Johnson and Johnson is a Rutgers sponsor, you see their logo at the football stadium and the RAC. They also give a lot to the academic side of things.

Also it case it wasn't super obvious... Robert Wood Johnson is Woody Johnson who is the the co-founder of Johnson & Johnson, thus the name. He also owns the NY Jets, he owns a lot of things. The UMDNJ now Rutgers school is named after him as will this new place.
Robert Wood Johnson and Woody Johnson are not the same person. RWJ was the first president of Johnson and Johnson and died in the early 1900's. Johnson and Johnson is close to 150 years old and Woody Johnson had little to do with Johnson and Johnson as a company. Just was born with lots of cash.
 

BLewis1968

Sophomore
Feb 3, 2004
477
220
43
Great news for RU, but I am not understanding how a healthcare organization can spend this kind of money on naming rights for a sports facility without some sort of public scrutiny/outcry.
The Nets new training center in Brooklyn is named after the Hospital for Special Surgery. No outcry. The soccer stadium in Kansas City is named after Children's Mercy Hospital. No outcry. Another stadium in Carolina named after WakeMed Health & Hospitals. Again, no outcry. And those are all current. I didn't even get into older deals, like AmeriCare. It's not rare or uncommon in any way.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Jim_from_RU

Knight Shift

Legend
May 19, 2011
50,731
40,768
113
Jersey Shore
The Nets new training center in Brooklyn is named after the Hospital for Special Surgery. No outcry. The soccer stadium in Kansas City is named after Children's Mercy Hospital. No outcry. Another stadium in Carolina named after WakeMed Health & Hospitals. Again, no outcry. And those are all current. I didn't even get into older deals, like AmeriCare. It's not rare or uncommon in any way.
They can justify investment in naming rights in increasing the bottom line to the hospital company, it is a wash. On top of that, they will probably generate business within the facility and attract research $ and grant money, so that makes it a smart investment. The comments by the RWJUH rep made this clear. It's a huge win-win for RU and RWJUH.
 
Last edited:

srru86

Heisman Winner
Gold Member
Jul 25, 2001
16,397
2,600
113
The Nets new training center in Brooklyn is named after the Hospital for Special Surgery. No outcry. The soccer stadium in Kansas City is named after Children's Mercy Hospital. No outcry. Another stadium in Carolina named after WakeMed Health & Hospitals. Again, no outcry. And those are all current. I didn't even get into older deals, like AmeriCare. It's not rare or uncommon in any way.

Really unless you are a health care worker union rep or a health spending gadfly who cares?