Jersey City’s Hospitals Get $14 Million in State Grants to Maintain Services

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New Jersey has awarded $7 million Health Care Stabilization Fund grants to both Christ Hospital and the Jersey City Medical Center as part of $40 million being doled out to nine hospitals around the state, Health and Senior Services commissioner Heather Howard announced today. The grants are being given to “financially distressed hospitals in order to maintain health care access in communities where services are threatened.” The hospitals will begin receiving payments after they agree with the conditions of the grant

Applications for the grants were evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Hospital faced closure or significant reduction of services
  • Extraordinary circumstances threatened access to essential health care services for residents in a community
  • The hospital serves a significant number of uninsured, underinsured and/or Medicaid patients
  • The hospital has demonstrated efforts to make efficiencies and improve facility management and governance
  • There is a reasonable likelihood that the health care services funded through the grant will be sustained after the grant funding ends
  • Impact of updating Medicaid inpatient rates
Jon Whiten

co-founder of the Jersey City Independent; he now works for a public-policy nonprofit in Trenton.