December 18, 2018: The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey recently awarded 13 grants totaling over $3 million to improve the health and wellness of underserved, vulnerable populations in our communities.
Of those awards, $1 million was pledged to the Trinitas Health Foundation as a challenge grant for the renovation of the Trinitas New Point Campus, the hospital’s premier 98-bed inpatient behavioral health facility for adults and children and outpatient program that sees more than 200,000 visits annually. The project will create a safer and more welcoming environment that upholds the dignity of every patient served. HFNJ dollars will match, dollar for dollar, contributions from private donors, corporations, and foundations up to the total of $1,000,000.
An additional $1.1 million will go to Newark Beth Israel Medical Center to renovate and upgrade its maternity department, creating a more patient-friendly maternity suite of all single rooms with rooming-in accommodations for spouses/partners, private bathrooms, and the ability to better support breastfeeding.
The final capital grant for hospitals was awarded to Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, which houses New Jersey’s only certified burn care facility and treats 300-350 children and adults each year who have suffered burns and thermal injuries such as frostbite. The funding will go to relocate, expand, and outfit a new burn rehabilitation gym in the Burn Center. The new gym will feature larger, more advanced equipment, facilitating more active therapy and accommodating more patients simultaneously.
The foundation’s work to improve behavioral health care continued with grants to the Community Health Law Project for a medical-legal demonstration project with the Mental Health Assn. of Essex and Morris ($150,000), the National Center for Civic Innovation for its Court Innovation Newark Community Mental Health Initiative ($100,000), Newark Workforce Development Board for the Shani Baraka Women’s Resource Center ($73,100), Jewish Vocational Services of MetroWest NJ’s healthcare case management for veterans ($31,264), and Cornerstone Family Programs’ Operation/Sisterhood for female veterans ($35,000).
Finally, the Valerie Fund was awarded a grant of $75,000 to establish a late-term effects follow-up program for childhood cancer survivors at Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown, and NJCRI received $119,691 as a third year of funding for its Living Well integrated pediatric primary care initiative.