ELIZABETH – Gov. Chris Christie and Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd today visited Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth to highlight the impact of this hospital funding increase and the importance of reforms in the funding formulas for charity care.
“New Jersey’s hospitals are vital community assets in the health care safety net for our most vulnerable citizens,” said Christie. “For the second consecutive year, this Administration has taken measures to protect our hospitals and those they serve. Through increased resources and common sense reforms, we are strengthening New Jersey’s safety net for those who need it most and ensuring that funding benefits the most vulnerable patients rather than administrative costs and bureaucracy. In addition, the budget also makes a significant investment in the future of New Jersey’s physician workforce by increasing funding to our teaching hospitals to $90 million.”
Charity care, which supports the care that all 72 New Jersey hospitals provide to the uninsured, will increase to $675 million. All 38 teaching hospitals will receive a total of $90 million in GME. In addition, all 72 hospitals will receive a total of $166 million in Hospital Relief Subsidy Funds, which supports the care hospitals provide for behavioral health, pregnancy, childbirth and newborn services.
Trinitas Regional Medical Center will receive $55.9 million in hospital funding for Fiscal Year 2012, an increase of $5 million over Fiscal Year 2011. The funding includes $44 million in charity care, an increase of $841,000; $9.7 million in Hospital Relief Subsidy Funding, an increase of $3.3 million; and $2.2 million in GME, an increase of $859,000 over Fiscal Year 2011.
“We are very grateful that Governor Christie has increased funding in the budget for charity care services and Graduate Medical Education,” said Trinitas President and CEO Gary S. Horan. “Clearly, the governor recognizes the important role urban safety net hospitals, like Trinitas, play in taking care of the most vulnerable patients in communities across New Jersey.”
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