Staff at the Foundation of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey conducted a study of health needs of elderly residents in central New Jersey and then created the Central New Jersey Gerontological Institute, which is a "virtual" institute in terms of patient care.
The study, conducted from 1995 to 1996, consisted of a health needs assessment of elderly people in five central New Jersey counties.
Based on the health needs assessment, staff designed the institute to support research and community education in geriatrics and to provide comprehensive state-of-the-art geriatric care to elderly patients in the area.
The project staff envisioned the institute as the hub of a regional network of service sites and an expert referral center, as well as a practice center of its own, providing clinical care, training opportunities for medical students and residents and research opportunities in gerontology.
In February 1998, staff created the Central New Jersey Gerontological Institute within the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and hired a full-time administrator in June 2000. It was, and has remained, a "virtual" institute in terms of clinical care. Activities undertaken include: