2020 COMMUNITY BENEFIT REPORT

New Jersey Hospitals
CARING
For Their Communities

$3.2
billion

Community Benefits in 2018: services beyond healthcare New Jersey hospitals and healthcare systems provided, including health improvement activities, education and training, research and contributions, and free and discounted care for the needy, uninsured and senior citizens.

$2
billion

Unpaid costs of patient care

$61.3
million

Community health improvement services

$260.7
million

Health professions education

$880.7
million

Other community benefits

COMMUNITY BENEFIT IN ACTION

AtlantiCare employees posing at table for the Great American Smokeout.

AtlantiCare

AtlantiCare supported the Great American Smokeout, an annual intervention event by the American Cancer Society. Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death.

Group of adults and children posing for the Hunterdon addiction walk

Atlantic Health

The Forward Franklin team from Atlantic Health participated in the 5th Annual Changing the Face of Addiction walk in Sussex County.

Group of adults and children holding signs for 'Forward Franklin: Building Community. Inspiring Health.' at the Memorial Day parade.

Atlantic Health

The Forward Franklin Alliance, including Atlantic Health System, is part of the BUILD Health Challenge. The goal of the Challenge is to create multi-sector community partnerships dedicating to improving health for everyone.

Group of female physicians standing at by a table for breast cancer awareness.

Atlantic Health

Staff from Newton Medical Center set up a breast cancer awareness event at a local ShopRite grocery store.

Tiffany Taylor (Health Educator) and Paula Garcia-Milla (Health Educator) standing behind an information table for dental hygiene and hand wash education.

Atlantic Health: Overlook Medical Center

Dental hygiene and hand wash education at Adams Fest, Westfield. Health educators Tiffany Taylor and Paula Garcia-Milla pictured.

Samantha Areson (Health Educator), Paula Garcia-Milla (Health Educator) and Julissa Perez (Outpatient Behavioral Health) posing for the Grace program.

Atlantic Health: Overlook Medical Center

GRACE program in Summit, in partnership with Christ Church. Obesity education, blood pressure and glucose screenings provided by Health Educators Samantha Areson and Paula Garcia-Milla, and Julissa Perez who works in outpatient behavioral health.

Dr. Sejal Jain standing by an information table about sun exposure protection and holding a poster on tips to beat the summer heat.

Atlantic Health: Overlook Medical Center

Sun Exposure program at Millburn-Short Hills public swimming pool with Dr. Sejal Jain.

Female physician taking the blood pressure of a male senior citizen.

Atlantic Health: Newton Medical Center

Staff from Newton Medical Center visited the Knights of Columbus breakfast for Our Lady of the Lake in Sparta, NJ, on Sunday to administer blood pressure and glucose testing. A big thanks to all of the staff that participated in this event.

Group of senior citizens and assisted living employees cheering with the food that they have wrapped.

Brandywine Living

The season of giving came early this year to Brandywine Living at Mountain Ridge. Residents worked together to make and package pumpkin muffins for the St. Ann's Soup Kitchen in Newark NJ.

Physicians screening a patient.

Cape Regional Health System

15th annual 7 Mile Island Home and Health Show at Avalon Elementary School. Over 400 free health screenings were provided to the community.

Group of kids in CentraState's Medical Explorers Program posing.

CentraState

CentraState’s Medical Explorers Program, offered in partnership with the Boys Scouts of America, is a co-ed program that gives high school students between ages 14 and 20 the opportunity to explore a variety of careers in the health care field through interactive learning with medical professionals, hands-on workshops and activities, and hospital tours. The program has made a difference in 341 young lives since its inception in 2015. The Medical Explorers Program’s 58 staff and community partner volunteers were designated as a Jefferson Award Honoree for their work in the youth program, demonstrating unique vision and dedication, and serving as inspiration for others.

Group of Cooper employees making and packing peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

Cooper University Health Care

The Cooper Population Health and Graduate Medical Education teams made and donated 656 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for Cathedral Kitchen.

Molly Hammond, Cooper APN, performs a health screening during the HeroCare Connect 2019 Fall Fest for local veterans, active military and first responders.

Cooper University Health Care

Veteran's Fair: Molly Hammond, Cooper APN, performs a health screening during the HeroCare Connect 2019 Fall Fest for local veterans, active military and first responders.

Small group of school children facing backwards with their backpacks.

Deborah Heart and Lung Center

Annual back-to-school backpack drive.

BonnieBosler, RN, Lt. Col. Steve Edstrom, MD and John Chovanes, DO, FACS at the HeroCare Connect Grand Rounds.

Deborah Heart and Lung Center

HeroCare Connect Grand Rounds draw specialists together for on-going medical education.

Group of school nurses listening to a lecture.

Deborah Heart and Lung Center

Each year Deborah Heart and Lung Center holds an educational CME for high school nurses, bringing the latest medical information relevant for their student population.

Group of Deborah Heart and Lung Center employees posing for the bi-annual Sudden Cardiac Arrest event.

Deborah Heart and Lung Center

Bi-annual Sudden Cardiac Arrest events to screen teenagers for undetected heart conditions.

Group of people and child posing next to collected toys for toy drive.

Deborah Heart and Lung Center

Annual toy drive benefits both pediatric patients at the hospital and children in the community.

Deborah Heart and Lung Center staff posing next to collected holiday gifts.

Deborah Heart and Lung Center

Deborah Heart and Lung Center staff each year sponsors neighboring families for holiday cheer.

Group of nurses, some dressed in Halloween costumes, listening to information for continuing medical education.

Deborah Heart and Lung Center

Annual nursing competency fair put some “fun” into vital continuing medical education.

Monica Gessner-Glendening, MSN, APN assisting a woman that has come for information at her table.

Deborah Heart and Lung Center

Annual Women’s Health EXPO screened nearly 1,000 women.

Doctor providing a screening.

Englewood Hospital

Englewood Health’s chief of ophthalmology, Dr. Jacob Chung, offers free glaucoma screenings at the Center for Korean Health and Wellness monthly health fair.

Hackensack Meridian Health Raritan Bay Medical Center staff hosting annual baby fest with brochures and baby items.

Hackensack Meridian Health: Raritan Bay Medical Center

Raritan Bay Medical Center's Maternal Child Health Department hosts an annual Baby Fest for the community in Perth Amboy.

Runner smiling and throwing her hands up in the air.

Hackensack Meridian Health

The Hackensack Meridian Health system and Tackle Kids Cancer raise funds for pediatric cancer research through events like the New York City Marathon.

Hunterdon Healthcare doctor providing a blood pressure check at Somerset County 4H Fair.

Hunterdon Healthcare

Free blood pressure checks at the Somerset County 4H Fair.

Elizabeth Manner, LCSW, LCADC giving a lecture to Raritan Valley Community College athletes on the dangers of vaping and opioids.

Hunterdon Healthcare

Elizabeth Manner, LCSW, LCADC, Addictions Treatment Services with Hunterdon Behavioral Health speaking to athletes at Raritan Valley Community College about the dangers of vaping and opioids.

Instructor and group of kids doing yoga.

Hunterdon Healthcare

Free yoga for kids at Lebanon Borough Community Day.

Hunterdon Healthcare employee putting tomato plants in the back of a car.

Hunterdon Healthcare

Distributing tomato plants at a local food pantry to encourage clients to eat more veggies and even grow their own.

Hunterdon Healthcare employees posing for annual walk.

Hunterdon Healthcare

Healthy Hunterdon Workforce hosts an annual walk at various locations throughout the county to encourage movement during your workday and every day.

Bridgeton soccer team pose.

Inspira Health

Inspira Health sponsored a youth indoor soccer team for a tournament in Bridgeton.

Tables of food for school pantry.

Inspira Health

Opened a school pantry and piloting a program in Millville with food delivery, Chef demonstrations and a crockpot with recipes so families can eat healthier.

Group of gentlemen standing by sign for The Maressa Center for MS Wellness. Group of local patients with multiple sclerosis stretching.

Jefferson Health

The Maressa Center for MS Wellness provides local patients with multiple sclerosis a place to experience a free monthly therapeutic retreat that focuses on learning, relaxation and sharing.

Group of New Bridge Medical Center employees posing behind table for Alzheimer Walk.

New Bridge Medical Center

Bergen New Bridge Medical Center braved the rain to support Alzheimer Awareness.

Group of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center employees posing with The P.R.I.D.E. Business Resource Group and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Newark Beth Israel

The P.R.I.D.E. Business Resource Group and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion joined Newark Beth Israel Medical Center employees and special guests from RWJBarnabas Health, the LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce, the RAIN Foundation, the Newark LGBTQ Community Center and St. Clare’s Homes to raise the flag for LGBTQ Pride Awareness Month.

Penn Medicine Princeton Health staff standing by collection of school backpacks.

Penn Medicine Princeton Health

Penn Medicine Princeton Health Bristol-Myers Squibb Community Health Center’s Annual Backpack Challenge collected over 40 backpacks filled with school supplies donated by physicians, employees, and volunteers and were distributed to local pediatric patients in need to start the school year off right.

First Responder Treatment Services’ Peer Liaison Ken Burkert addressed all officers of the Union County Sheriff’s Department, along with Julie Tropeano, APN, in multiple training sessions.

Penn Medicine Princeton Health

Penn Medicine Princeton House Behavioral Health trained 1500 law enforcement officers, fire fighters, and emergency medical personnel on resiliency, a topic the NJ Attorney General has advocated by calling for Resiliency Officers in every law enforcement agency in New Jersey. First Responder Treatment Services’ Peer Liaison Ken Burkert addressed all officers of the Union County Sheriff’s Department, along with Julie Tropeano, APN, in multiple training sessions.

RWJBarnabas Jersey City Medical Center employees holding a Jersey City Medical Center sign for the AIDS walk.

RWJBarnabas Jersey City Medical Center

JCMC led the 5th Annual Jersey City World AIDS Day Walk. The walk’s theme “Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Community by Community” kicked off at the JCMC-Greenville facility, where JCMC’s Center for Comprehensive Care provides services those with HIV.

Group of people having a discussion concerning diabetes.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway

Dietitian Christina Frescki & YMCA Educator Paul Baytan kicked off a free 6-week Goal Is Control Diabetes program at The Gateway Family YMCA Rahway Branch.

RWJBarnabas Somerset doctor providing a blood pressure screening at Somerset county 4H Fair.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset

Peggy Moore, RN, of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset’s Medication Assistance Program, left, provides free blood pressure screenings at the Somerset County 4-H Fair.

RWJBarnabas Somerset employee teaching a student with a model of the human mouth.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset

Vivian Moreno Berrio, health educator, with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset demonstrates proper flossing to children at LifeCamp.

RWJBarnabas Saint Barnabas Medical Center employee posing with the Livingston Police Department.

Saint Barnabas Medical Center

Saint Barnabas Medical Center partnered with the Livingston Police Department to provide a 12-week Wellness Challenge. This 12-week program was designed to help participants lead healthier lifestyles by providing realistic and accurate nutrition and exercise information as well as guidance with food choices, diet and exercise behaviors. It also offered participants support and accountability. In all, the group lost over 170 pounds.

RWJBarnabas Saint Barnabas Medical Center employees posing with the Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills.

Saint Barnabas Medical Center

Saint Barnabas Medical Center and the Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills provided Thanksgiving meals to families facing food insecurity over the holiday season. Through their collective efforts, more than 420 families received Thanksgiving baskets, helping to feed more than 2,500 individuals.

Salem Medical Center packing away collected school backpacks in the back of a car.

Salem Medical Center

Nearly 60 free bookbags with school supplies were given to Salem City Elementary School students by Salem Medical Center and Unforgotten Haven during the Back 2 School Family Fun Day Health and Resource Fair. CEO Tammy Torres and Heather Ashfield, fair coordinator, display the donations.

Food Bank of South Jersey President Fred Wasiak (left) and Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice President and CEO Mary Ann Boccolini (right) standing by collected food items.

Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice

As part of Samaritan's Employee Charitable Giving Program, the organization held a food drive during the month of May for non-perishable items to benefit the Food Bank of South Jersey. Food Bank of South Jersey President Fred Wasiak (left) and Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice President and CEO Mary Ann Boccolini (right).

Mary Ann Boccolini, Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice President and CEO speaking for Veterans to the Moral Injury and Veteran-Centric Care conference.

Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice

Mary Ann Boccolini, Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice President and CEO, welcomes approximately 75 healthcare professionals and other professionals who serve Veterans to the Moral Injury and Veteran-Centric Care conference as part of Samaritan’s We Honor Veterans program.

Shore Medical Center maternity department staff posing behind table with brochures and infant items while holding infant CPR dolls.

Shore Medical Center

Shore Medical Center's maternity department handed out free infant CPR dolls at its health fair at Bayfest, an annual street festival in Somers Point, NJ, that attracts thousands.

Mary Jo Abbondanza, RN and Sharene Wilson, RN posing behind table with brochures and items for breast cancer awareness.

St. Francis Medical Center

St. Francis at Change Church in Ewing for the Pink Out health fair for breast cancer. Photo with Mary Jo Abbondanza, RN and Sharene Wilson, RN.

St. Francis Medical Center staff packing food.

St. Francis Medical Center

Volunteers from St. Francis Medical Center help create some of the more than 180,000 meals made for Strike Out Hunger, a program of the United Way of Mercer County.

Dr. Kososky, chair of neurology at St. Francis giving a lecture for stroke awareness.

St. Francis Medical Center

Stroke awareness session for church partnership council in Trenton. Photo with Dr. Kososky, chair of neurology at St. Francis.

St. Francis Medical Center employees standing behind table with green vegetables for the farmer's market.

St. Francis Medical Center

Farmer's market held every week at St. Francis in the summer.

Trinitas's cath lab team and families posing with Trinitas sign for the Greater Northern New Jersey HeartWalk.

Trinitas Regional Medical Center

The Trinitas Regional Medical Center team at the Greater Northern New Jersey HeartWalk.

Dietitian Julia Sotomayor posing behind informational table at Julia Health Fair.

Trinitas Regional Medical Center

Dietitian Julia Sotomayor, one of the most active Trinitas health fair participants, at an event in Rahway.

Group of nurses training with a patient mannequin. Rod Muench posing with a group of trainee nurses in the back of an ambulance.

Trinitas Regional Medical Center

Every summer, Trinitas Regional Medical Center hosts Nurse Camp for young people interested in careers in healthcare.

Trinitas employees posing behind information table at the WIC Hillside Health Fair.

Trinitas Regional Medical Center

WIC program champions from Trinitas Regional Medical Center participate in a health fair in Hillside.

Virtua Health staff carrying bags of food. Virtua Health staff stocking bags of food in a truck.

Virtua Health

Virtua colleagues donated more than 12,000 pounds of food to the Food Bank of South Jersey and the Virtua Food Pantry through the Virtua Fights Hunger Campaign.

Group of Virtua Health employees and families posing and holding up signs for the Virtua Fights Hunger 5K.

Virtua Health

At the Virtua Fights Hunger 5K, it was announced that Virtua Health colleagues donated more than 12,000 pounds of food to the Food Bank of South Jersey and the Virtua Food Pantry.

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