Major Corporate, Education And Community Stakeholders To Annouce Unprecedented
Collaboration To Dramatically Reduce Newark Unemployment
Newark, NJ, June 26, 2017- Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer of RWJBarnabas
Health, proudly joined Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Newark corporate partners,
educational institutions and community stakeholders to announce a landmark
initiative designed to strengthen the city's economy.
The groundbreaking partnership --
Hire. Buy. Live. Newark --
marks the first time that any United States city has sought to transform
its economy by combining employment, procurement and residential strategies.
Hire. Buy. Live. Newark, is led and coordinated by Mayor Baraka who brought the city's leading
institutions to the table and created the vision for comprehensive economic
development by combining the three strategies:
Newark 2020, which will connect 2020 of the city's unemployed to full-time living
wage jobs by the year 2020 and includes training and hiring pathways to
the jobs identified as being available to Newark residents. Every unemployed
and underemployed Newark resident will be able to benefit.
Buy Newark which will support the growth of local businesses and match them to the
purchasing needs of other Newark businesses large and small; and,
Live Newark which will attract more employees, faculty and students to live in the
city and provide existing residents with additional rental and homeownership
choices and incentives.
Mr. Ostrowsky was the first corporate partner to address the overflow attendees
at the Newark City Hall Press Conference comprised of other leaders of
Newark’s major organizations, colleges and universities, public
schools, clergy and community development organizations, among others,
all of which are partnering in
Hire. Buy. Live. Newark.
“Our mission is to ensure that we do everything we can to improve
the lives of the people who live in Newark, work in Newark, and shop in
Newark. As anchor institutions, RWJBarnabas Health’s Newark Beth
Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey, will
invest in the City and make the vision of the greatness of Newark a reality.
“I am incredibly proud to be among my colleagues here today who represent
great institutions when I state that RWJBarnabas Health
shall pledge publicly to hire 350 Newarkers by 2020.”
Mr. Ostrowsky emphasized that vendors doing business with RWJBarnabas Health
have already been told that RWJBarnabas Health (RWJBH) is looking to encourage
vendors to subcontract with local Newark businesses, to relocate their
headquarters or warehouses to Newark and to have a durable sustainable
relationship with RWJBH, these vendors must hire people from Newark.
RWJBarnabas Health has for several years executed successful hiring and
employment programs. Two examples:
Hire Newark: Employment Ready Boot Camp is a non-traditional job readiness program in which Newark Beth Israel
Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of New Jersey, RWJBarnabas Health
and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka have partnered. The program provides opportunities
to prepare members of the Newark community for entry level positions with
Newark-based employers. The program consists of a five-week immersive
curriculum that includes: social and presentation modules, management
and employability skills, site visits to potential employers to assess
organizational and/or industry culture, and one-on-one coaching, preparation
and readiness assessments. Hire Newark is part of Mayor Ras J. Baraka’s
Centers of Hope initiative. To date there have been 36 graduates in three
classes, with graduation rates of 100% and employment rates of 95%.
On June 20, 2017, Hire Newark: Employment Ready Boot Camp received the
2017 NJBIZ Education Hero Award.
The Student Learning Experience Program (SLEP )
at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children's Hospital of New Jersey is a unique program that offers high school students with learning challenges
the opportunity to complete their senior year of high school at Newark
Beth Israel. The students spend a portion of the day receiving onsite
classroom instruction from a Newark Public School special education instructor
and another portion of their day learning from hospital staff and contributing
to hospital departments. By the end of the program these students meet
the academic requirements for graduation and have worked alongside employee
mentors in various hospital departments based on their interests and abilities.
Through the Structured Learning Experience Program, which began 11 years
ago, Newark Beth Israel has provided internship opportunities for more
than 150 special needs students. Many of these students go on to careers
in healthcare. The Structured Learning Experience Program is a 2016 NJBIZ
Healthcare Hero Award finalist. The program was also honored by the Essex
County and Newark Workforce Development Boards’ Disability Issues
Committee as an Employer Who Champions Employment for People with Disabilities.
About RWJBarnabas Health
RWJBarnabas Health is the most comprehensive health care delivery system
in New Jersey, treating over 3 million patients a year. The system includes
eleven acute care hospitals – Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville,
Community Medical Center in Toms River, Jersey City Medical Center in
Jersey City, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Monmouth Medical
Center Southern Campus in Lakewood, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
in Newark, RWJUH in New Brunswick and Somerville, RWJUH- Hamilton, RWJUH-
Rahway and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston; three acute care
children’s hospitals and a leading pediatric rehabilitation hospital
(Children’s Specialized Hospital), a freestanding 100-bed behavioral
health center, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state’s
largest behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice
programs, fitness and wellness centers, retail pharmacy services, a medical
group, multi-site imaging centers and an accountable care organization.
RWJBarnabas Health is New Jersey’s second largest private employer
– with more than 33,000 employees, 9,000 physicians and 1,000 residents
and interns – and routinely captures national awards for its outstanding
quality and safety.