PERTH AMBOY – The Diocese of Metuchen is closing a health care center for low-income residents due to a lack of funds.
Trinity Health Center on Smith Street, run by Catholic Charities since 1997, will close at the end of the month because the diocese can no longer sustain its $500,000 annual cost. A spokesperson said that other services offered by Catholic Charities in the building will remain open.
Trinity’s patients will be transferred to Jewish Renaissance Medical Center, located several blocks away on Hobart Street. The facility, which opened last year, is the city’s only other non-profit medical center designed to assist the poor and the uninsured.
Trinity treated 700 patients during 2,100 visits last year, officials said.
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