Donors Assist Trinitas in Dedicating New $5.3 Million Health Education Facility

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Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage (center) cuts the ribbon dedicating the $5.3 million Center of Regional Education (CORE) building at Trinitas Regional Medical Center. Assisting are (left to right), Mortimer Gershman, Trustee, Trinitas Health & Regional Medical Center, and Chairman, Elizabethtown Healthcare Foundation; Brad Harrington, New Jersey Department of Community Affairs; David A. Fletcher, President, Elizabethtown Healthcare Foundation; Sister Maureen Shaughnessy, Chairperson, Trinitas Health & Regional Medical Center; William Best, Senior Vice President, PNC Bank; Mayor Bollwage; Gary S. Horan, FACHE, President & Chief Executive Officer of Trinitas Regional Medical Center; Victor M. Richel, Vice Chairman, Trinitas Health & Regional Medical Center and Trustee, Elizabethtown Healthcare Foundation; Marsha Atkind, Executive Director, Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey; Nadine Brechner, Chief Development Officer, Trinitas Regional Medical Center; Thomas Vincz, Director, Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Thomas Kachelriess, Treasurer, Trinitas Health & Regional Medical Center and Trustee, Trinitas Health Foundation. (Photo courtesy of Trinitas)

ELIZABETH – Last month, officials of Trinitas Regional Medical Center, together with major donors, public sources and local government officials, celebrated the completion of the Trinitas Center of Regional Education (CORE) building – a new community and medical education facility in Elizabeth. The $5.3 million facility was funded entirely by donations from individuals, corporations and foundations.

Located on Elizabeth Avenue near Broad Street, the CORE building is 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. This project is a wonderful example of community, donors, elected officials, philanthropists and the government working so well together.”

According to Nadine Brechner, Chief Development Officer for Trinitas, “Today is a celebration of the spirit of philanthropy that turned this building into a reality, and in turn, will change the lives of so many in such a positive way. Today we are changing the health of the people in our City and the region.” She estimated that each year, over 50,000 individuals will be helped in some way by the staff and services of the CORE building.

“From access to medical professionals and health care resources to skill enhancement and training, the Center of Regional Education represents an investment in the future and a true partnership between Trinitas, the City and the community,” noted Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage.

“The opening of this facility has been anticipated for many months, and we know that this Center of Regional Education will become a valued resource for those who come here for professional and personal health education opportunities,” stated Maureen Shaughnessy, SC, Chairperson of the Board of Trinitas Health & Regional Medical Center.

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.

“It is indeed gratifying that our friends in both the public and private sector agreed with this concept and provided donations for the entire cost of the CORE building,” explained Brechner. Major funders include: Bauer Family Foundations; Elinor K. Blore; City of Elizabeth – J. Christian Bollwage, Mayor; 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.

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