In Camden, medical researchers have new place to work, teach students

David Madden
October 15, 2019 - 2:45 pm
Joint Health Science Center in Camden.

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CAMDEN, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — It's another step in Camden’s resurgence as officials opened the $70 million Joint Health Science Center, which will be the home for research work done by Rowan and Rutgers universities. Camden County College and two medical schools will also play a part. 

This is the latest addition to the city’s Eds and Meds Corridor and has been a half dozen years in the making.

Colleges can be very territorial, particularly when it comes to research work, but Rowan and Rutgers formed a joint board to coordinate this collaborative effort.

"We know that innovation and research is going to happen right in this space," CEO and former Camden Mayor Dana Redd said at opening ceremonies in Camden, "and who knows if the next cure to cancer or some other disease is discovered in this space in the Joint Health Sciences Center in the city of Camden in the state of New Jersey."

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Jalisa Dotson of Camden is a practicing nursing student who will be able to learn in a whole new way, collaborating with instructors from four academic disciplines who will be on the cutting edge of medical research.

"I want people to see this building on Broadway in an area where I grew up and came to often as a child, and realize that the city of Camden has a promising and bright future and I am proud to be a part of that future. We’re not just opening a building, but we are opening opportunities," Dotson said.

Half of this facility will house a state-of-the-art Healthcare Simulation Center for students like Dotson, and it’s thought the research arm of this facility will attract some of the brightest minds, perhaps from across the country.

Officials say education and medical institutions are helping to fuel Camden’s resurgence, providing upwards of 40 percent of the city’s jobs these days.