Today, Congressman Andrews announced that the Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $1,432,460 for medical job training at Rowan University and medical advancements in hospitals at Our Lady of Lourdes, the Center for Family Services, and Cooper University Hospital.
Rowan University won a $40,000 competitive grant to help train medical students by creating a program in which they shadow doctors at Cooper Hospital and learn though a real world, hands on experience. This program is designed to build off the student's classroom studies and will help improve the education of those looking to enter the medical field here in our region. Another $575,431 was granted to Rowan University to be used for the research of mitochondria, which will be used to develop new ways to treat diseases such diabetes and cancer.
In addition, $625,238 was granted to Cooper University Hospital, a leader for more than five years in cardiac arrest treatment, to research new ways to reduce brain damage after resuscitation from cardiac arrest. The Center for Family Services, a nonprofit human services agency with over ninety years of experience serving youth and families in southern New Jersey, was granted $180,000 to be put towards transitional living programs.
Lastly, Our Lady of Lourdes Health Foundation was granted $11,791 to help fund the training of full time nurses enrolled in a Lourdes accredited Nurse Anesthesia Program, allowing more Americans access to medical preparation and greater employment opportunities.
"This investment of federal dollars will open the door for more research and discoveries in medical fields that will strengthen South Jersey's healthcare system and improve the quality of life for countless patients in our region," said Congressman Andrews. "These advancements in medical training and research will help pave the way for our local health care professionals to make breakthroughs in curing our nation's most deadly diseases and save lives."
As an original author of the Affordable Care Act, the Congressman continues working to strengthen our healthcare system by supporting research, education, and new medical facilities to improve our standard of living and create new opportunities for medical jobs.