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Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey Launch Hispanic Health Outreach Program

03/21/2016

NEWARK, NJ (March 19, 2016) – To meet the unique health care needs of Newark’s Latino population, Barnabas Health’s Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC) and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey launched a Hispanic Health Outreach Program at an Open House for community leaders on Saturday, March 19.

“At Barnabas Health, we are committed to the well-being of our diverse communities by providing the highest quality patient care and clinical expertise, with our major focus on improving the health of the populations we serve throughout New Jersey,” says Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer, Barnabas Health. “Newark Beth Israel Medical Center’s new Hispanic Outreach Program exemplifies our dedication to recognize the unique health challenges faced by diverse cultures, ethnicities and races, and provides culturally sensitive solutions that meet real needs.”

The Hispanic Health Outreach Program at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, the first of its kind in New Jersey, is specially designed to raise awareness about health issues facing the Hispanic community in Newark as well as enhancing access. The Hispanic Health Outreach Program will collaborate with the Hispanic community and its leaders to better understand and provide the preventive education and screenings most needed by the Latino population in Newark, in addition to providing information about the services available at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.

“Newark Beth Israel Medical Center is committed to collaborating with our partners in the community. Our Hispanic friends and neighbors have unique health challenges and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center will provide the preventive care and education needed, in addition to superior medical and clinical care when you or members of your family are in need,” said Darrell K. Terry, Sr., MHA, MPH, FACHE, Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey. “The Hispanic Health Outreach Program is an example of our commitment not only to Newark’s Latino population, but is an example of Newark Beth’s nationally recognized dedication to unique grass-roots programs that focus on helping individuals and communities live healthier lives.”

The Hispanic Health Outreach Program will initially focus on five areas including diabetes, women’s health and breast services, prostate cancer and children’s health. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Hispanics have different degrees of illness or health risks, including a 50% higher death rate from diabetes, 23% more obesity, 24% more poorly controlled high blood pressure and are less likely to be screened for various health issues.

NBIMC plans to increase communications with this diverse group by launching a bilingual phone bank, website, social media channels, and campus signage and maps. Special events, such as health screenings and information sessions, will be held throughout the year on campus and throughout the community. For more information, call 973-926-7300.

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, (NBIMC), a 673-bed regional teaching hospital, provides comprehensive health care to its local communities and well beyond. NBIMC has more than 1,000 physicians, 3,200 employees and 150 volunteers with over 300,000 outpatient visits and 25,000 admissions annually. NBIMC is in the top three hospitals in the nation in the number of heart transplants with better than expected outcomes, and has the only lung transplant program in New Jersey. Children's Hospital of New Jersey (CHoNJ), located at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center is the state's premier hospital caring for children, with specialized services to treat ill and injured children from newborn to adolescent years and has the most comprehensive pediatric cardiac care program in the region as well as preventive programs that promote wellness in the community. NBIMC/CHoNJ was one of five hospitals to receive the 2012 NOVA Award from the American Hospital Association. To learn more, please call 973-926-7000, visit us on line at www.BarnabasHealth.org/NewarkBeth, on Facebook at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center or register for our free on line E-Newsletter

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