Topoff ceremony for Camden's newest 'eds and meds' addition

Officials celebrate Health Sciences Center partnership.

David Madden
May 23, 2018 - 1:56 pm

David Madden-KYW Newsradio

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CAMDEN, N.J. (NYW Newsradio) -- Officials gathered in downtown Camden to celebrate the hoisting of the final steel girder atop what will be Health Sciences Center, operated jointly by Rowan University and Rutgers-Camden, in collaboration with Camden County College.

It's yet another sign of Camden's resurgence, although the idea of those competitive institutions working together seemed like a long shot when first mandated by law almost six years ago. A joint governing board got to work to develop a facility to provide a unique research and training center for the physicians of the future.

"I think the concept of making this a 'meds and eds' city -- it's not just a corridor, it's a city -- that's going to change the way this city looks and grows," Rutgers President Robert Barchi told some 100 attendees at the ceremony.        

"We truly believe that Camden can now be recognized as the 'eds and meds' of this Northeast corridor," Camden Mayor Frank Moran added, "and that just speaks volumes to the future of what Camden is."

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The 95,000 square-foot building is expected to generate some $72 million in economic impact for the city when it opens in about a year.