The Trump administration came through on $1.7 billion of federal aid to be dolled out to 53 of the state’s largest hospitals, many of which were hit particularly hard by COVID-19 outbreaks.
This comes as the global pandemic shows signs of winding down, both in New Jersey and states across the country.
Many of those hospitals receiving money have taken massive financial hits as they pay for the treatment of thousands of patients.
“Getting more critical financial aid to our hospitals and health systems to support our frontline health care workers has been a constant and central part of our ongoing dialogue with our federal partners,” Gov. Phil Murphy said at a press conference last week.
The aid means those hospitals would not rely on the state government to make up for lost dollars, taking the pressure off an already cash-strapped state, which has seen its tax revenues plummet across the board.
“This is consistent with our effort to ensure that Americans who need federal government assistance the most receive it,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said during a May 1 briefing.
Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, largely considered one of the original ground zeros of the outbreak as it ravaged across North Jersey, was awarded $213.4 million.
Hackensack University Medical center in Hackensack is seeing a $98 million grant and St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson an $88 million grant.
Central Jersey’s main COVID-19 treatment center, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, was awarded $47.9 million. University Hospital in Newark – North Jersey’s primary treatment center for the outbreak – was awarded $42 million. And, Cooper University Health Care in Camden – South Jersey’s primary treatment center – was awarded $39 million.
“We are grateful to receive this critical funding … for COVID-19 high-impact areas in New Jersey, which will support all front-line health care workers and enable them to continue to care for residents impacted by this epidemic,” St. Joseph’s Health President and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Slavin said in a May 8 statement.
Hospitals across the state and public health officials have begun shifting their efforts away from the immediate response to the outbreak, and instead toward mass testing and contact tracing, a process to identify and isolate people who were exposed to someone that tested positive for COVID-19.
Those are two of the major milestones in a six-step guideline for gradually loosening the tight stay-at-home restrictions, the governor said.
New cases of COVID-19, as well as deaths, hospitalizations, and patients on ventilators and in intensive care, have all shown consistent decreases.
Murphy is expected to unveil broader announcements in the coming days on a statewide plan for testing and contact tracing.
“This is in no sign we can or will relax our vigilance,” Murphy assured. “It is a sign the work we’ve been doing to slow the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the number of patients in our hospitals is working.”
Hospitals and the state’s health care infrastructure will then have to look at how they can easily respond to a widely-expected second wave of COVID-19 cases in the coming months.
The following is the complete list of New Jersey hospitals and the amount each received:
- Holy Name Medical Center, Teaneck: $213,428,946.86
- Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack: $98,138,111.89
- St. Josephs University Medical Center, Paterson: $88,159,157.24
- Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston: $69,678,116.81
- JFK Medical Center, Edison: $59,603,910.03
- Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, Englewood: $53,635,316.22
- The Valley Hospital, Ridgewood: $49,899,060.09
- Overlook Medical Center, Summit: $50,659,617.68
- Morristown Medical Center, Morristown: $47,395,253.21
- Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark: $50,645,428.38
- Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital New Brunswick, New Brunswick: $47,962,240.33
- The University Hospital (UMDNJ University Hospital), Newark: $42,010,050.78
- Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune: $39,649,464.90
- Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville: $36,496,914.76
- Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center, Montclair: $32,521,807.07
- Jersey City Medical Center, Jersey City: $35,157,665.69
- Cooper University Hospital (Cooper University Health Care), Camden: $39,164,374.99
- Christ Hospital, Jersey City: $31,704,080.68
- Palisades Medical Center, North Bergen: $30,279,931.41
- Ocean Medical Center, Brick: $26,881,204.76
- Saint Peters University Hospital, New Brunswick: $29,574,037.75
- Community Medical Center, Toms River: $26,451,303.91
- Trinitas Regional Medical Center, Elizabeth: $27,620,560.50
- Hoboken University Medical Center, Hoboken: $25,498,510.66
- RWJ University Hospital Somerset (Somerset Medical Center), Somerville: $25,018,065.56
- Raritan Bay Medical Center – Perth Amboy, Perth Amboy: $24,758,340.37
- CentraState Medical Center, Freehold: $21,939,749.48
- Chilton Medical Center, Pompton Plains: $21,227,121.84
- Saint Michael’s Medical Center, Newark: $21,289,694.72
- Bayonne Medical Center, Bayonne: $19,447,032.70
- Saint Clare’s Health, Denville: $18,166,283.07
- Bayshore Medical Center (Bayshore Community Hospital), Holmdel: $18,305,981.59
- AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center – Atlantic City Campus, Atlantic City: $26,124,369.30
- Princeton Medical Center (University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro), Plainsboro: $16,013,590.08
- St. Mary’s General Hospital, Passaic: $17,358,109.41
- Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital, Cherry Hill: $18,949,206.58
- Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank: $15,676,285.36
- Jefferson Stratford Hospital, Stratford: $18,487,351.93
- RWJ University Hospital Rahway, Rahway: $14,330,782.18
- Raritan Bay Medical Center – Old Bridge, Old Bridge: $16,214,029.27
- Hackensack Meridian Health Pascack Valley Medical Center, Westwood: $12,513,351.05
- Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch: $16,016,126.80
- Hunterdon Medical Center, Flemington: $11,529,863.53
- Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, Paramus: $12,368,709.06
- Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus, Lakewood: $12,606,762.36
- Saint Clare’s Dover Hospital, Dover: $11,320,844.62
- Southern Ocean Medical Center, Manahawkin: $9,598,319.61
- RWJ University Hospital Hamilton, Hamilton: $9,166,557.36
- Newton Medical Center, Newton: $9,121,413.41
- Saint Clares Denville Hospital, Denville: $10,243,183.76
- Virtua Voorhees Hospital, Voorhees: $10,166,311.50
- Hudson Regional Hospital, Secaucus: $8,550,812.72
- Virtua Memorial Hospital, Mount Holly: $9,316,630.98