Detailed History

2012-2016

2016

Launched the HFNJ Integrated Pediatric Primary Care Initiative, awarding $828,000 in grants to five Newark-based institutions and organizations to improve the behavioral and physical health of children.

Awarded $142,127 to Equal Justice USA for a ground-breaking project providing trauma-informed training to the Newark Police Department, other first responders, and community members, to lessen violent confrontations and improve mutual understanding.

Awarded $100,000 to the National Center for Civic Innovation to provide enhanced mental health counseling to non-violent offenders in an effort to prevent incarceration and improve the lives of people charged in Newark’s Municipal Court.

Continued HFNJ’s ACA Outreach, Education, and Enrollment Initiative, providing $143,120 to Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan NJ, $116,320 to Planned Parenthood of Central & Greater Northern NJ, and $50,000 to the NJ Citizen Action Education Fund to continue connecting uninsured, low-income residents to coverage and care.

Supported the establishment of the KinderSmile Oral Health Center in Bloomfield, providing free dental care to low-income children and to mothers.  Funding of $96,813 was directed to the HFNJ Oral Health Education Room at the Center.

2015

Celebrated the opening of The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey Breast Wellness Center at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, which provides state-of-the-art screenings, diagnoses, and treatment planning for women from greater Newark in a spa-like, patient-centered setting.

Approved funding for The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey Private Room & Isolation Suite for the most fragile babies treated in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Saint Barnabas Medical Center’s new Cooperman West Wing, which is scheduled to open in 2017.

Provided seed funding to the Greater Newark Healthcare Coalition for its Healthy Newark Medicaid ACO.

Supported Rutgers School of Nursing’s Community Health Worker Maternal/Child Health Project with funding to the Rutgers University Foundation.

Funded the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey Sensory Playground at Lifetown, Inc., a therapeutic and recreational environment for children with special needs and their families. The project is scheduled to open in 2016.


2014

Launched the HFNJ Veterans’ Mental Health Initiative, awarding $736,000 in grants to nine local organizations to improve mental health services for veterans and their families.

Established the Lester Z. Lieberman Fellowship in Oncology & Hematology at the Frederick B. Cohen Cancer Center, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.

Supported the expansion of Zufall Health Centers into West Orange, NJ.

Provided support to programs that address trauma in young children and their caretakers through support to FAMILYConnections, Children’s Aid & Family Services, and Essex County CASA.

 

2013

Awarded a grant to Newark Beth Israel Medical Center to establish the first Adult Congenital Heart Defect Program in New Jersey

Granted funding to Main Street Counseling Center to provide counseling services to students and their families at West Side High School in Newark

Supported the Community Food Bank’s project to establish a Pediatric Pantry at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

Provided funding to The Boys & Girls Club of Newark to establish a Children’s Dental Clinic at its Central Ward Clubhouse

 

2012

Provided funding to help establish the Children’s Specialized Hospital Newark Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey Outpatient Center on the campus of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. The Center will treat children with mild to severe neurologic impairments/injuries.

Established the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey Learning Center at Clara Maass Medical Center to provide continuing medical education on-site for physicians, case conferences and other staff education programs, and comprehensive community education programs with an emphasis on prevention, screening, and chronic disease management

Awarded funding to provide cancer patients and their loved ones with free individual and group counseling and resources, and bereavement support to families at the newly-launched Gilda’s Club Newark.

Supported the establishment of the Rutgers Wellness Center, a community-based, nurse-managed primary care clinic at the FOCUS Hispanic Center for Community Development in the Central Ward of Newark.

Underwrote key staffing and program costs for launching The HOPE Center within UMDNJ’s medical resident-led Ambulatory Care Center at University Hospital, Newark. The goal: improving health outcomes and lowering costs for patients with multiple chronic conditions who are over-users of the Emergency Room.

Provided grant funding to support the physical and behavioral health of individuals with disabilities employed and trained in Newark by Hudson Community Enterprises, a non-profit social enterprise organization dedicated to finding employment opportunities for individuals with special needs.

Funded the upgrade of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

Providing funding to renovate and enlarge the Child Life Playroom at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston

Awarded additional funding to the Hetrick-Martin Institute for its afterschool safety and wellness program for LGBTQ youth in Newark that was seeded with HFNJ support in 2010

Added three area hospitals to the HFNJ Hospital Acquired Delirium Prevention & Treatment Initiative, bringing the total number of participating hospitals to seven

 

2008-2011

2011

Launched the HFNJ Hospital Acquired Delirium Prevention & Treatment Initiative at four local hospitals (Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Hospital, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, and UMDNJ/University Hospital)

Provided funding to establish the only pediatric cardiothoracic surgery program in the State of New Jersey at the Children’s Hospital of New Jersey, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

Provided funding for a Community Health Workers Pilot Project from UMDNJ to train and embed community health workers in a new nurse-managed health home in a low-income housing project in Newark

 

2010

Funded Generation Fit, an interactive, multi-media exhibit about fitness and good nutrition at The Newark Museum slated to open in late Fall, 2011, and a coordinated Healthy Living Electronic Field Trip project from The Liberty Science Center

Provided support to launch a Patient Literacy Initiative & Resource Center at University Hospital in Newark to improve healthcare for its widely diverse patient population

Awarded seed funding for The Center for Autism, a project of the North Ward Center that aims to provide day programs and after-school initiatives for individuals with ASD
Provided funding to establish Mom2Mom, a program of UMDNJ’s Behavioral Health Center that will provide 24/7 peer support to mothers of children with special needs.

 

2009

Launched “Promoting an Informed Public: The Future of Community Healthcare” in cooperation with Caucus Education Corp.

Funded MetroWest ABLE, a UJC program to promote inclusion for persons with special needs and their families in the MetroWest community.

Provided seed money to Partners For Women & Justice to establish Essex County Family Justice Center in Newark to co-locate services for victims of domestic violence.
Funded expansion of St. Barnabas Medical Center Emergency Department to enhance Fast Track care.

Equipped 32 UMDNJ emergency vans with wireless EMS technology, enabling the transmission of real time, high-resolution data about incoming patients to receiving hospitals throughout the State of NJ.
Provided seed money to the Hetrick Martin Institute to establish safety, wellness and educational after school programs for LGBTQ youth in Newark.

 

2008

Seeded JFS of MetroWest’s Synagogue Caring Coalition to provide emotional and psychological support within synagogue settings

Seeded Pharmacist in the Emergency Department at NBIMC, significantly reducing patient waiting time for administration of critically-needed medications and improving patient safety

Provided funding through Rutgers University Foundation to create soap opera videos aimed at reducing the incidence of HIV/AIDS among women in greater Newark’s Hispanic community.

 

2005-2007

2007

Newark Museum Fire Safety Center established to reduce incidence of injury and death resulting from residential fires in Newark and surrounding communities

Seeded Palliative Care Program at NBIMC to identify options, enhance quality of life, and alleviate pain and suffering for patients and families dealing with end-of-life issues

 

2006

Launched HFNJ Early Childhood Mental Health Promotion & Access Initiative at one Irvington and two Newark pre-school centers

Funded Children’s RESPIRA Program at UMDNJ, a unique partnership of Newark community agencies to reduce the incidence of asthma in children, primarily in the Hispanic community

Funded pilot research project at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center to help reduce the risk of methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection in pregnant women and prevent newborn illness or death

 

2003-2004

2004

Provided $1 million in capital funding to Newark Beth Israel Medical Center to renovate and expand its Fredrick B. Cohen Comprehensive Cancer & Blood Disorders Center

Provided funding to Jewish Service for Developmentally Disabled of MetroWest to establish the WAE Center – a day center of therapeutic fitness, life skills, and cultural programs serving severely developmentally disabled adults in the West Essex area

Partnered with JVS of MetroWest for “Caregiving Companions,” providing non-medical assistance and support to the frail elderly and disabled living at home, enabling them to continue to live independently

 

2003

Seed funding to UMDNJ Foundation to support Dr. Sidney Pestkas’ human papilloma virus study to develop a more effective interferon treatment for cervical dysplasia, a precursor to cervical cancer

Metro Transport at Daughters of Israel established with seed money from HFNJ to provide appropriate, affordable transportation for the disabled and frail elderly

Established Healthcare Foundation Center for Humanistic Medicine within New Jersey Medical School

 

2001-2002

2002

In the aftermath of 9/11, provided funding to St. Barnabas Medical Center for “Domestic Disaster Preparedness Initiative” – the design and implementation of a ground-breaking program to prepare for natural disasters, public health emergencies, terrorist events

Research grant to The Public Health Research Institute to support the development of DNA-based molecular beacon technology for rapid testing to identify methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureaus (MRSA), which served as the basis for the development of a commercial kit for MRSA testing in a clinical setting

First of a series of grants to JFS of MetroWest NJ for House Calls, an innovative project providing in-home social work and health care services to frail, isolated seniors

 

2001

Awarded seed funding to JFS of MetroWest to establish Café Europa, a program of social and emotional support for aging Holocaust survivors

Provided seed money to Newark’s North Ward Center to establish Casa Israel Adult Medical Day Care Center

School-based Health Clinics established in partnership with Children’s Hospital of NJ at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

Established HFNJ Humanism in Healthcare Awards to include recognition of employees at hospitals and nursing schools who demonstrate outstanding compassion in their provision of healthcare

Funded “Whole Person Care” at Broadway House, a model program for providing holistic treatment – substance abuse, pain management, and psycho-social support – for people living with HIV, and end-of-life care for those with AIDS

 

1996-2000

2000

Funded Project SHIN, a JCC of MetroWest project to integrate health screenings and education with spiritual well-being at MetroWest area synagogues

 

1999

First of a series of grants to Kids Corp to construct and staff an on-site health clinic for Newark children at Kids Camp in Blairstown NJ and to provide health, dental and vision screenings throughout the year

In partnership with Arnold P. Gold Foundation, sponsored focus groups for medical residents to identify barriers to sustaining humanism in residency years; began the Annual Humanism in Medicine Lecture at Association of American Medical Colleges

 

1998

Funded the creation of Alzheimer’s Special Care Unit at Daughters of Israel Geriatric Center

School-based health clinics established in partnership with Children’s Hospital of NJ at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.

 

1997

Provided seed money to Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ to establish The Rachel Coalition, a coordinated response to domestic violence in the Jewish community

Established partnership with the Arnold P. Gold Foundation to present Humanism in Medicine Awards to students and faculty at medical schools throughout the country; provided funding for APGF website, including an on-line humanism in medicine bibliography

 

1996

Healthcare Foundation of NJ established with proceeds from sale of Newark Beth Israel Hospital to Saint Barnabas Healthcare System