OO - Organizational Overview

OO1: Description of the Applicant Organization


The Jersey City Medical Center is located on a 15-acre campus overlooking the New York Harbor and Liberty State Park. The campus presently includes two facilities, the Wilzig Hospital and the Provident Bank Ambulatory Center. The hospital serves as a regional referral, teaching hospital and provides the highest level of care for women and infants, trauma, and cardiac patients. The Medical Center is a major teaching affiliate of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Inside our spacious facility, natural light bathes your room and the Statue of Liberty gleams outside your window. All around you the best and brightest medical professionals use the latest technologies to provide you state-of-the-art compassion.

Exterior Jersey City Medical Center Jersey City, NJ circa 2004

Figure 1: Exterior Jersey City Medical Center Jersey City, NJ circa 2004

Organizational Mission, Vision, & Values

Liberty Health-Jersey City Medical Center Operational Pillars

Figure 2: Liberty Health-Jersey City Medical Center Operational Pillars

The mission statement of Jersey City Medical Center is “Enhancing Life”. The institution’s goal is to enhance the lives of patients, families, and the greater community by providing excellent healthcare services. The vision of the hospital is to achieve the top 10 percentile in our pillars: Patient Safety, Clinical Quality, Engagement, and Economic Health. Each operational pillar is represented in our nursing shared governance councils. Patient Safety and Clinical Quality are represented through the Nursing Quality & Safety Council, Nursing Research Council, and the Professional Practice Council. Engagement is represented through the Staff Satisfaction & Retention Council. Lastly, Economic Health is a valuable consideration in every decision made through the shared governance councils.

Through the promotion of health care practices and our commitment to our patients, the community and our physicians are all reflected in the institutions four pillars, our mission and our vision. We take great pride in partnering with the community in the provision of excellent care. We go to extremes to respond and provide the services that are considered valuable to our community. Through the execution of our mission and vision, Jersey City Medical Center hopes to attract the highest level of talent available. We strive to become the premier hospital in Hudson County and the state as well. Achievement of these goals requires a collaborative effort on the part of our staff, physicians and administration.

The mission and vision of the hospital incorporate five core values: Trust, Accountability, Communication, Excellence and Teamwork. Having the trust of those we serve is an essential value at the Medical Center. Trust is essential to the integrity and ethical standards of the institution. Accountability ensures that we assume responsibility for the provision of quality care and for all of our actions relational to that care. Additionally, it requires that we anticipate and meet the needs of our patients, families, and community and always strive for excellent outcomes. Communication is essential to the multidisciplinary team environment. We need to communicate to patients and our co-workers appropriately and with dignity and respect. Excellence insures that all employees are striving for clinical and service excellence. It means continually finding ways to contribute to the success of the team and being passionate about improving the care we give and the service we provide. Teamwork enables each employee to attain a higher level of performance, clinical care, satisfaction and achievement in overall outcomes. Teamwork helps support a culture of caring within the institution.

Joseph F. Scott, FACHE President and CEO Signing Employee Values Commitment

Figure 3: Joseph F. Scott, FACHE President and CEO Signing Employee Values Commitment

Historical Background

Jersey City Medical has been a landmark in Jersey City since 1882 when it was opened as the “Charity Hospital.” Frank Hague, a former mayor of the city, elected to expand and renovate the Medical Center during his term in office. He constructed a twenty-three story building for surgery, and in 1931 the Medical Center was expanded to include the Margaret Hague Maternity Hospital. Mayor Hague’s vision was to establish a premier maternity hospital of its time. The maternity hospital had accommodations for four-hundred mothers and babies and offered extended visiting hours for working fathers and day care for the children of mothers in the hospital. In its time, this hospital had more deliveries than any other hospital in the nation (5,088 babies born in 1936) and was noted for its low maternal death rate (1/3 of 1%) and low infant mortality rate (2.5%) which was well below the national average.

The campus of the Medical Center also included the nurses’ residence, a hospital for chest diseases, a psychiatric hospital and an outpatient clinic. The Medical Center’s services were free. The formal dedication of the Jersey City Medical Center Complex was on October 12, 1936, with Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicating the building. Jersey City Medical Center was one of the first medical centers in the United States and the first in New Jersey. Many people in Northern New Jersey still call it “The Medical Center,” because of its reputation to handle all kinds of medical issues. In 1988, the Medical Center became a private, non-profit organization. In 1994, the State of New Jersey designated the Medical Center as a regional trauma center, and in the late 1990’s it was approved as a core teaching affiliate of Mount Sinai School of Medicine. The hospital also has a teaching affiliation with the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Historical Background

In 2004, Jersey City Medical Center moved to new quarters at Grand Street and Jersey Avenue. The site is near the light rail, ferries to New York City, PATH trains and the Liberty Science Center. The facility is currently operated by Liberty Health and is the regions “state designated trauma center” and the only hospital in Hudson County to perform open heart surgery. Several additional buildings are currently being planned for the site as the community around the hospital continues to grow and flourish.

Geographical Location

View of Statue of Liberty, Hudson River

Figure 5: View of Statue of Liberty, Hudson River

Jersey City covers 14.92 square miles and is one of the most densely populated cities with 16,736 persons per square mile as compared with 1,195 persons per square mile in the state. Jersey City is part of the New York metropolitan area and lies between the Hudson River and Upper New York Bay across from Manhattan and the Hackensack River and Newark Bay. Jersey City is bordered to the east by the Hudson River, to the north by Union City and Hoboken, to the west by Kearny and Newark, and to the south by Bayonne. Jersey City has the smallest land area of the 100 largest cities in America. It is a port of entry with 11 miles of waterfront. Jersey City Medical Center has been an icon of the community for 75 years at its old location and has been at its present location since 2004.

Map of Hudson County, NJ

Figure 5: Map of Hudson County, NJ

Services Provided

Jersey City Medical Center is located at 355 Grand Street in Jersey City. It employs 2,081, persons, 400 registered nurses and is licensed for 340 beds. The Medical Center offers the following services:

Clinical Services:

  • Cardiovascular Services; medical, interventional and open heart surgery
  • Critical Care Services; Cardiac Care Unit (CCU), Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Cardiac Step Down Unit (CSD), and Critical Care Step-Down Unit (CCSD)
  • Emergency and Level II Trauma Services
  • Renal Services including hemodialysis
  • General surgery and subspecialties: Neurosurgery, Vascular, Oromaxiillofacial, Urology, Breast, Ear/Nose/Throat, Craniofacial, Colorectal, Plastic, Thoracic, Bariatric, Orthopedic, Ophthalmology, Spinal Surgery, Podiatry, Gynecology
  • Dental Services
  • Internal Medicine and subspecialties; Pulmonary, Nephrology, Infectious Disease, Epilepsy, Gastroenterology, Endocrine and Rheumatology
  • Behavioral Health; Partial care, residential, outpatient, substance abuse and detoxification, voluntary and involuntary patient care
  • Mother/Child Health; Labor and Delivery, Post Partum, Perinatology, High Risk Obstetrics, Level III Newborn Intensive Care Unit, Newborn Nursery, Maternal/Fetal Medicine
  • Orthopedics
  • Wound Care
  • Anesthesia, Pain Management

Diagnostic Services:

  • Radiology
  • Laboratory
  • Pathology
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Endoscopy
  • Diagnostic Cardiology, Cardiac Catheterization, Nuclear, Electrophysiology, Arrythmia Services, Echocardiography
  • EEG and video EEG
  • Pre-Admission Testing

Interdisciplinary Care

  • Nursing Services
  • Nutritional Service
  • Respiratory Care
  • Pharmacy
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Social Services/Case Management
  • Palliative Care
  • Pathology/Laboratory Services
  • Rehabilitation Services
  • Physician Services

Outpatient/After Care:

  • Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) 395 Grand Street: Psychiatry (Outpatient), Orthopedic and Surgery Clinics
  • Infusion Services
  • Rehabilitation Services: Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Audiology (6 West and 7 West for inpatient) Outpatient Rehabilitation Services are housed in the ACC building
  • Behavioral Services: Adult residential, partial care, outpatient and outreach
  • Linkages with Nursing Homes and Hospice
  • Comprehensive Care Center (CCC) AIDS health services
  • Pediatric: Center for Children with Special Needs and Case Management

Emergency Care:

  • Emergency Department: Adult and Pediatric
  • Trauma Services
  • Fast Track
  • Behavioral Health Crisis Intervention and Screening
  • EMS services (BLS and ALS)

Primary Care:

  • Adult Medical Specialties
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology
  • Perinatology
  • Dentistry
  • Ophthalmology

Description of Nursing Workforce and Patient Population

OO1-Table 1

Population Served

According to the United States Census (2010), the population of Jersey City was 247,597, making it New Jersey’s second-largest city following Newark. Jersey City covers 14.92 square miles and is one of the most densely populated cities with 16,736 persons per square mile as compared with 1,195 persons per square mile in the State.

Jersey City is host to an array of ethnicities and cultures, and as such is one of the most racially diverse communities in the world. Ellis Island lies within its borders, so it is not surprising that Jersey City has become renowned for its diversity. The racial population of Jersey City are 34% white, 28.32% African-American, 28.31% Hispanic/Latino and 16.20% Asian.

While redeveloped areas along the waterfront, such as Newport and Exchange Place attract a more affluent group of citizens, 17% of Jersey City residents live at or below the poverty level as compared to the rest of the state which is 8.8%. The median household income of Jersey City is $51,826.00 as compared to the rest of the state which is $68,981.00. Many neighborhoods in Jersey City have a considerably less median income, for example, the Bergen Hill area’s average income is$41,297.00 and The Heights area is $47,920.00.

The average age is 25-54 years (49%) with the majority falling between 25-34 years (21.6%). Approximately 52% of households do not speak English in the home with 24% of those individuals speaking Spanish