The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey Awards Grants to Increase Access
to Behavioral Healthcare
(Newark, NJ – September 19, 2016) – Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital
of New Jersey can now offer its primary care patients increased access
to specialists, including behavioral health practitioners thanks to two
grants from The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey.
Adults and children who come to Newark Beth Israel for primary care will
now have increased access to psychologists, patient navigators, clinical
social workers and advanced practice nurses, as a result of these two
grants totaling $535,000.
“The standard way of delivering primary care to patients does not
address many of the healthcare determinants that our patients face, such
as toxic stress and healthcare disparities,” said Laura Budinick,
Psy.D., assistant vice president of Behavioral Health Services at Newark
Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey.
“This new integrative model allows us to care for many of the unmet
psychological, emotional and physical issues that impact our patients
overall health and well-being at the time and in a setting where they
are most comfortable receiving care.”
The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey awarded Newark Beth Israel Medical
Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey the largest of five
grants in New Jersey to create the first fully integrated pediatric primary
care practice in the region. The practice at the Pediatric Health Center
will include a full-time psychologist to conduct behavioral and developmental
assessments as well as treatment, a full-time patient navigator, and new
technology to track and analyze results.
The adult integrated model will operate out of the Adult Health Center
and will include a licensed clinical social worker, an advanced practice
nurse with specialized training in psychiatric conditions, and a patient
“At Newark Beth Israel Medical Center we firmly believe in providing
comprehensive care to all of our patients and these grants create an innovative
way of providing these services to patients whose behavioral health needs
might otherwise go unmet,” said Darrell K. Terry, Sr., MHA, MPH,
FACHE, president and chief executive officer, Newark Beth Israel Medical
Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey.
Patient Navigators will assess the overall health and behavioral health
of all new patients via a series of voluntary patient questionnaires;
if additional health issues are discovered, a patient navigator will be
assigned to help patients access same-day specialty care, including behavioral
health services. The ultimate goal is to offer access and integrated services
to all patients as a best practice at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.
The Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Foundation
The Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Foundation is the fundraising arm
of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. The Foundation was established in
1985 to foster philanthropic support from individuals, corporations, and
foundations to help maintain and further develop world-class medical care
for the patients of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. To make a gift
to support Newark Beth Israel Medical Center programs please contact Beth
Tepper, vice president of Development, 973-926-7018.
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center is a 665-bed regional teaching hospital
that provides comprehensive health care to its local communities and beyond
with over 1,000 physicians, 3,200 employees, and 150 volunteers. The hospital
receives more than 300,000 outpatient visits and 25,000 admissions annually.
It is home to the nation’s third largest heart transplant center,
a Heart Failure Treatment and Transplant Program; New Jersey’s only
Advanced Lung Disease and Transplant Program and a Valve Center that performs
more cardiac valve procedures, including TAVR, than any other center in
the state. The robotic surgery program is the most experienced in northern
New Jersey. The Frederick B. Cohen, MD, Cancer and Blood Disorders Center
and the new Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey Breast Health Center provide
seamless integration of cancer prevention, specialized care and treatment
options. The Children's Hospital of New Jersey, located at Newark
Beth Israel Medical Center, cares for children from birth through adolescence,
with more than 30 specialized pediatric services including, New Jersey’s
largest Valerie Fund Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders;
and the Children’s Heart Center that offers a complete range of
medical and surgical treatments for the most complex cardiac abnormalities.
Children’s Hospital of New Jersey also has a Neonatal Intensive
Care Unit and a Level IV Regional Perinatal Center that offers New Jersey’s
only Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) therapy; and the highest
level of intensive care for both mothers and newborns. Newark Beth Israel
Medical Center also offers many preventive health programs that promote
wellness in the community.
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