ELIZABETH — The major funders of the Trinitas Center of Regional Education (CORE) building – a new community and medical education facility in Elizabeth – gathered last week to celebrate the progress of the $5.3 million project.
Located on Elizabeth Avenue near Broad Street, the CORE building will be a state-of-the-art facility for anyone seeking health, wellness and medical information, and professional training in the field of emergency response.
According to Gary S. Horan, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of Trinitas Regional Medical Center, “The CORE building will be a lasting resource for people from throughout the region seeking health information to enhance their lives and the lives of others. It represents an investment in the future and a true partnership between Trinitas, the City and the community.”
“It is indeed gratifying that our friends in both the public and private sector agreed with this concept and provided donations for virtually the entire cost of the CORE building,” explained Nadine Brechner, Executive Director of the Trinitas Health Foundation. Major funders include: Bauer Family Foundations; Elinor K. Blore; City of Elizabeth; Chase; Elizabeth Development Company; Elizabethtown Healthcare Foundation; Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey; Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey; Hyde and Watson Foundation; New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit Program; PNC Bank, PSE&G; Trinitas Health Foundation; US Department of Health and Human Services, and Warburg Pincus.
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, the Elizabethtown Healthcare 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 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.
“As one of the largest banks in New Jersey, Chase is committed to making a positive difference in the communities where our 5,800 employees operate,” said Elliott Lee, Chase community relations manager in New Jersey. “With our support, the Trinitas Center of Regional Education will help revitalize one of the state’s important communities.”
This emphasis on the community was echoed by William Best, senior vice president for PNC Community Development Banking, who stated, “The CORE project represents a focused commitment to the community and underscores the benefits that can result from collaborations between private and public organizations.” He added, “The residents of Elizabeth will have access to a new health facility at a time when the need within our communities has never been greater and the proven ability to leverage a diverse range of resources has never been more important.”
Robert A. Marino, President and CEO of Horizon BCBSNJ, concurred, noting, “The Trinitas Center of Regional Education will benefit thousands of people in the local community by providing important health care information and training, making it a perfect project for Horizon’s support through the Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit Program.”
According to David Fletcher, President of the Elizabethtown Healthcare Foundation, health education is central to the mission of his organization. “As the parent organization of the former Elizabeth General Medical Center, the Elizabethtown Healthcare Foundation is keenly interested in promoting good health to the community which the Foundation has served since 1879.”
The CORE building will be completed before the end of the year.
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