Across the state housing options are being made available to health care professional working on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak.
In Galloway, Stockton University is providing temporary housing to medical professionals working at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s Mainland and Atlantic City campuses, and the Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation.
The current agreement runs through June 30, but could be extended into the summer. The first group from AtlantiCare are expected to move in around April 13.
Stockton University President Harvey Kesselman said the offer was made following conversations with Bacharach board of governors Vice Chair Roy Goldberg, Chief Executive Officer Richard Kathrins and AtlantiCare president and CEO Lori Herndon.
Kesselman said that while the medical facilities are taking precautions to protect their employees, offering medical personnel alternate housing reduces the concern that they might infect their families while they treat patients with the COVID-19.
“Both facilities are located on Stockton’s campus and ARMC City campus is our neighbor in Atlantic City,” Kesselman said. “We are honored to be able to provide comfortable, convenient housing that gives these dedicated professionals a safe place to stay and also protects their families at home.”
Participating medical personnel will first be housed at the Stockton student housing on Chris Gaupp Drive, which has 44 individual rooms with bathrooms and kitchenettes.
If needed, another 128 beds will be made available in one of the apartment-type housing complexes on the main campus. All units have WiFi.
Stockton will not charge for the housing, but will be reimbursed for additional services including security, laundry and specialized cleaning. The university will provide linens.
At the same time, Stevens Institute of Technology said it was making rooms available in its Jonas Hall dormitory to health care professionals affiliated with Hoboken University Medical Center and the Hoboken Fire Department.
All students previously living in Jonas have either returned home or have been relocated to another residence hall on campus.
The Division of Facilities and Campus Operations readied the building to turn over to the City of Hoboken and HUMC for up to six weeks, with the option, and with agreement by all parties, to extend the term if necessary.
The City is providing all necessary on-site sanitation and other services during this period, and will thoroughly clean and disinfect the building at the conclusion of the term.
In Jersey City-based, Mack-Cali Realty Corp. donated 32 hotel rooms, meals and parking at the Residence Inn Weehawken Port Imperial as well as $100,000 toward Jersey City Medical Center Emergency Response Fund.
“When we sounded the alarm that we needed help with housing for our frontline workers, it was heartening that, without hesitation, one of Jersey City’s largest companies stepped up not only offered rooms, but also parking and meals for our workers who are risking their health by working selflessly and tirelessly, day and night, to combat this pandemic and save lives,” stated Michael Prilutsky, president and CEO of Jersey City Medical Center, a RWJBarnabas Health facility.
“We are very grateful to the local community, which has truly been incredible in its support during this trying time. And, we are humbled by the dedication of every health care hero who works at Jersey City Medical Center and throughout the world,” Prilutsky said.