NJ’s three ‘Level 1’ trauma centers will share $450M to help prepare for next public health emergency

‘We are going to make great use of that money,’ said Dr. Shereef Elnahal of University Hospital, Newark

All three of New Jersey’s “Level 1” trauma centers are slated to share $450 million from federal American Rescue plan funds for pandemic-related upgrades. Cooper University Hospital in Camden, RWJ Barnabas Health’s Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick and University Hospital in Newark will receive up to $150 million each to help them prepare for the next emergency.

Leaders at all three facilities said they were stunned to find out the final state budget included the cash. “We are going to make great use of that money in a new infrastructure at the hospital that will be more pandemic-ready but also meet the long-term health care needs of this community much better than before,” said University Hospital President and CEO, Dr. Shereef Elnahal. “We are looking forward to putting the funds to good use.”

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