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New Jersey Assembly Speaker Coughlin and Assemblymen Egan and Danielsen Tour Saint Peter’s Family Health Center

November 1, 2022

New Jersey Assembly Speaker Coughlin and Assemblymen Egan and Danielsen  Tour Saint Peter’s Family Health Center
Facility Expansion and Modernization Project to Provide Greater Access to Care for the Most Vulnerable Supported by $5 Million in State Appropriations

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ, NOVEMBER 1, 2022 – New Jersey Assembly Speaker Craig J. Coughlin (D-19th District) and Assemblymen Joseph V. Egan (D-17th District) and Joe Danielsen (D-17th District) toured Saint Peter’s Family Health Center yesterday with Saint Peter’s Healthcare System President and CEO Leslie D. Hirsch, FACHE, and Saint Peter’s staff.
 
Saint Peter’s University Hospital received $5 million in state appropriations in support of its $12 million expansion and modernization project at the Saint Peter’s Family Health Center, located at 123 How Lane, which provides access to comprehensive primary and specialty care to the underserved, uninsured and underinsured residents of New Brunswick and the surrounding area. Approximately 85 to 90 percent of the individuals cared for at the Saint Peter’s Family Health Center are covered by the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, Medicaid Managed Care or the New Jersey Hospital Care Payment Assistance Program (Charity Care).   
 
The facility expansion and modernization project will further impact the well-being of the most vulnerable in the communities served by Saint Peter’s and those most impacted by healthcare disparities, thus accommodating the growing needs of the community. It includes expanding and upgrading 49 adult, pediatric and women’s health exam rooms to 75; renovating the reception area; adding a new on-site Laboratory facility; expanding the behavioral health area; creating a large physical therapy space; and performing infrastructure upgrades to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and electrical services.
 
Saint Peter’s Family Health Center currently has 60,000 visits per year but upon completion, the 73,000-square-foot facility will have the capacity for 100,000 visits, enhancing service to the New Brunswick community, as well as a broader regional geographic area. Integrated in all new and existing programs will be a heightened focus on the identification of social determinants impacting patient health and enhanced efforts to work with community leaders to address these critical issues.
 
The project is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2023.
 

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