Mayor Ras J. Baraka delivers graduation address
(Newark, NJ) December 4, 2017 – Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and RWJBarnabas Health held a graduation
ceremony for their fourth class of Hire Newark Employment Ready Boot Camp
participants on Monday, December 4, at 11:00 a.m., at Newark Beth Israel
This is the first class to include participants who applied through the
Newark2020 website which is part of the Mayor’s Hire.Buy.Live initiative.
RWJBarnabas Health is committed to the Newark2020 initiative and has pledged
to hire 350 Newark residents as part of that commitment.
This unique job readiness program, created by Newark Beth Israel Medical
Center and RWJBarnabas Health in Partnership with Mayor Ras J. Baraka’s
city-wide Centers of Hope initiative has had remarkable results.
The program began in 2016, 99 percent of all participants have graduated
and 95 percent have remained employed; many are considered superstars
by their managers.
The current graduating class consists of 27 Newark residents who have been
chronically unemployed and now have the skills to reenter the workforce.
Members of the Hire Newark Employment Ready Boot Camp fourth graduating
class are pictured with Darrell K. Terry, Sr., MHA, MPH, FACHE, President
and CEO, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC) and Children’s
Hospital of New Jersey (CHoNJ) (center); to his right, Newark Councilman
John Sharpe James; to his left, the Honorable Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Mayor,
City of Newark; Atiya Jaha-Rashidi, Program Administrator, and Director,
Diversity and Inclusion, NBIMC and CHoNJ; Trina Parks FACHE, SVP, Corporate
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer; and Marc E. Berson, Chair, Board
of Trustees, NBIMC and CHoNJ, and Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, RWJBarnabas
Health (front row, from left); Newark Council President Mildred C. Crump
(front row, second from right); and Zachary Lipner, Vice President and
Chief Human Resources Officer, NBIMC and CHoNJ (back row, second from right).
“The Hire Newark Employment Ready Boot Camp initiative goes beyond
traditional health outreach. We are addressing a social determinant of
health by providing these graduates with the economic opportunity they
need to begin to proactively improve their health and the health of their
families,” said Darrell K. Terry, Sr., MHA, MPH, FACHE, President
and CEO of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.
“This extraordinarily successful program is one prototype for how
we will be reducing unemployment through Newark2020. I can’t thank
the leaders of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and RWJBarnabas Health
enough for working with us to create this extremely effective initiative,”
Mayor Baraka said.
Graduation speakers included Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Marc E. Berson, Vice
Chair, Board of Trustees, RWJBarnabas Health, Chair Board of Trustees,
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children's Hospital of New Jersey.
Hire Newark: Employment Ready Boot Camp is a unique immersive job readiness program designed to prepare members
of the Newark community for entry level positions. The program curriculum
includes: social skills and presentation, management and employability,
site visits to potential employers to assess organizational and/or industry
culture, coaching and preparation. The program’s objectives are
not only to provide skills and tools for Newark residents but to also
provide the opportunity for participants to secure a job immediately upon
completion. The program is part of Mayor Baraka’s city-wide Centers
of Hope initiative to help transform the City of Newark.
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center is a 665-bed regional care teaching hospital that provides comprehensive
health care. Newark Beth Israel is home to one of the nation’s top
ten heart transplant centers, Barnabas Health’s 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 minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve replacements
(TAVRs), than any other center in the state. The Newark Beth Israel 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. Newark Beth
Israel also offers many preventive health programs that promote wellness
in the community.