Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

by Thomas Hart, President and CEO of Kilpatrick and Hart Ltd., Inc.

One of 140 hospitals on the 2011 U.S. News and World Report list of “America’s Best Hospitals,” Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital provides patients in the New Brunswick, New Jersey, area with services ranging from cardiac screening and heart transplants to emergency medicine, pediatrics, cancer care, and more. The hospital has earned a number of prestigious accolades, including a rating as one of 50 exceptional hospitals by The Leapfrog Group, a top 10 rating in clinical quality from researchers at Harvard University, and the Magnet Award for Nursing Excellence.

The hospital was founded in 1884, and today it boasts 600 inpatient beds and more than 1,300 affiliated surgeons and physicians covering a range of medical specialties. It is the primary teaching hospital of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and the center of a medical campus that features the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the Child Health Institute of New Jersey, and The Bristol-Meyers Squibb Children’s Hospital. At any given time, the hospital provides between 300 and 400 residencies and trains nursing students from five different schools.

The hospital dedicates itself to guiding patients who have had difficult surgeries, been diagnosed with a challenging condition, or who present high risk because of health problems or age. An editor at U.S. News & World Report pointed out that it was a place “where other hospitals send their sickest patients,” and that it was a facility to keep in mind “when the stakes are high.”

Offering progressive techniques like Gamma Knife Perfexion and experimental laser brain surgery, the hospital strives to stay at the forefront of the medical industry. To this end, it operates The RWJ University Hospital Foundation, which develops financial support for the facility and strives to demonstrate to potential donors that a gift to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital benefits the donor, the hospital, and the community.

About the Author:

Thomas Hart, in addition to his duties at Kilpatrick and Hart Ltd., Inc., has volunteered for more than 11 years at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. In addition to serving as a member of the hospital’s emergency care team, he has made hundreds of visits to patients at the hospital as part of its Caring Hearts program.

From the Office of Kilpatrick and Hart: The Benefits of Community Service

Thanks to the help of people who donate their time in providing unpaid service, civic and nonprofit organizations fill a number of unmet needs, and communities are strengthened. As a result, everybody benefits, and often it is the volunteer who reaps the most benefits of all.

Volunteering provides a way for people to reach out, make new friends, and gain a sense of pride and accomplishment. The Corporation for National and Community Service notes that volunteering leads to reduced stress, lower rates of depression, increased physical health, and lower incidences of disease. The benefits of volunteering are compounded for people over the age of 60.

For young people, the benefits of community service are especially great. According to the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, young people who volunteer at least one hour per week believe they have a positive impact on their community. As a result, they are 50 percent less likely to smoke, drink, use drugs, or become involved in other destructive behaviors. They learn leadership and job skills, and are more likely to succeed in school. Thus, volunteering is a win-win situation for everybody involved.

In business since the 1980s, Kilpatrick and Hart Ltd, Inc. are experts in commercial financing, functioning as commercial loan specialists both nationally and internationally. Management and staff are actively involved in a number of community and nonprofit organizations, including the Caring Hearts Program at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Better Business Bureau.