ELIZABETH—Trinitas Regional Medical Center, Trinitas Health Foundation, city and community leaders gathered recently to break ground for the new Center of Regional Education (CORE) building on Elizabeth Avenue near Broad Street.
Through this new building, Trinitas plans to create a state-of-the-art training facility for anyone seeking health, wellness and medical information, and professional training in the field of emergency response.
Designed as a multipurpose center, the CORE building will provide assembly space for community events, classroom space for health education, and facilities for paramedic and emergency medical technician (EMT) training.
The building will also be home to the offices of the Trinitas Health Foundation and the Medical Center’s Mobile Intensive Care Unit and ambulance services.
“The beauty of the Center of Regional Education is that it will empower the people of Elizabeth and Central New Jersey by giving them the ability to take charge of their health in a way they never have before,” explained Nadine Brechner, Executive Director of the Trinitas Health Foundation. The entire cost of the building – $4.5 million – is covered by donations from foundations, corporations and individuals, according to Brechner.
By becoming a center for comprehensive medical training programs, Trinitas will provide increased skill training and educational opportunities for professionals seeking job entry, re-entry or continuing education. As a health and wellness center, the CORE programs will provide a health education resource model that encourages individuals and corporations to learn about chronic health issues, nutrition, safety and disease prevention from reliable sources.
“This is a great day, a step ahead not only for Trinitas Regional Medical Center but for the City of Elizabeth,” said Gary S. Horan, President & CEO, during the groundbreaking ceremony. “The Center of Regional Education represents a true partnership between Trinitas, the community and the City.” Victor Richel, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Trinitas Health & Regional Medical Center, hailed the project as “…a perfect example of what can be done with private funds and the community.”
The CORE building should be completed in early 2011.
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