Rutgers Community Health Center- Ribbon Cutting 12-16-19
PHOTO CREDITS: Tamara Fleming

Rutgers Community Health Center, a nurse practitioner-led, community-based center, serving patients regardless of ability to pay, celebrates move to new location in Newark with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by First Lady Tammy Snyder Murphy.

Newark, New Jersey (December 16, 2019)— Committed to continuing its mission to serve Newark’s most vulnerable citizens, Rutgers Community Health Center (RCHC), a full-service primary care clinic, celebrated its move to a newly-renovated location on the New Community Corporation campus with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by First Lady Tammy Snyder Murphy, as well as state and local leaders including Newark City Council members Mildred Crump, president; LaMonica McIver, Central Ward; and Louis Quintana, at-large.

“Recognizing that there is inequity in access to health care is the first step in correcting the maternal and infant health crisis in New Jersey,” said First Lady Tammy Murphy. “Rutgers Community Health Center has proven that they are committed to correcting this issue and treating their patients with the dignity they deserve. I am thrilled to count this health center as a trusted partner in our shared mission to improve New Jersey families’ health and wellbeing.”

An initiative of the Rutgers School of Nursing, RCHC is one of just a few nurse-managed, federally qualified health centers (FQHC) in the nation. The center provides high-quality, primary care services to patients regardless of their ability to pay—a critical component in a city with a high number of residents living in poverty or with little access to affordable health care.

“Ninety (90) percent of our patients are at or below the poverty level,” said Susan VonNessen-Scanlin, CEO of RCHC and assistant professor and associate dean for clinical affairs at Rutgers School of Nursing. “For many, their health care experience has been less than equitable. We wanted to create a space that was beautiful and treats patients with dignity.”

The center has an integrated model of primary and behavioral health care, delivered by an interdisciplinary team that includes, advanced practice nurses, a physician, pharmacist, social workers, nurses, medical assistants, a nutritionist, and a psych rehabilitation counselor. This model allows providers to partner with patients to manage their health and wellness beyond the practice walls—addressing challenges such as housing and food insecurity which impact an individual’s overall health and well-being.

VonNessen-Scanlin said RCHC’s goal is to empower patients around their health. “We treat the whole person—physical, spiritual, and behavioral—in one setting,” she said.

Monday’s event not only celebrated the move to a newly renovated, state-of-the-art practice site, but also the center's new partnership with New Community Corporation (NCC), one of the largest and most comprehensive community development organizations in the United States.

"Having an FQHC within the NCC footprint helps us fulfill our mission of helping to improve the lives of inner-city residents by offering additional health care services,” said Richard Rohrman, CEO of New Community Corporation. “We are happy to partner with Rutgers Community Health Center to provide primary care to our residents and clients in a location that is convenient for them." A Zachary Yamba, president of the NCC Board of Directors, welcomed attendees and stressed the importance of NCC’s collaboration with partners to provide a wide range of services to area residents.

As an FQHC, not only does the health center serve patients regardless of insurance status or ability to pay, it also operates under a governing board that includes patients and members of the community it serves. Located at 274 South Orange Avenue, Newark, NJ, the center can be reached by calling 973-732-6040.

“The Board of Directors is thrilled with our new facility at NCC,” said Gary Bloore, RCHC board president. “We are centrally located, easier to get to by public transportation, and, most importantly, better able to provide excellent health care for all.”

In a congratulatory letter addressed to the health center, U.S. Sen. Cory A. Booker of New Jersey said, “By promoting health and wellness and offering comprehensive preventative care services, RCHC is a pillar of accessibility for the underserved community.”


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About Rutgers Community Health Center

An initiative of Rutgers School of Nursing, Rutgers Community Health Center is a nurse practitioner-led, primary care practice located at 274 South Orange, Avenue, Newark, New Jersey. In 2015 it was designated a federally qualified health center, one of the few nurse managed FQHC’s in the nation. The center is overseen by a board of directors that includes patients. RCHC accepts many insurances and offers a sliding-fee discount program. New patients are welcome and patients are never refused services due to inability to pay. Operating under an integrative model of care, the center staffs a wide range of providers to help meet the health care, mental health, and social needs of patients. Learn more about RCHC at rchc.rutgers.edu.

About Rutgers School of Nursing

Rutgers School of Nursing (nursing.rutgers.edu) is one of eight schools that comprise Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS). Rutgers School of Nursing offers unique opportunities in education, research, and practice at a leading national research university and the state’s preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. With over 1,700 graduate and undergraduate students and more than 12,000 alumni, Rutgers School of Nursing is among the top nursing schools nationwide – ranked # 19 for its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, and #21 for its Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program by U.S. News and World Report. Innovative academic offerings include bachelor’s, master’s, post-master’s, DNP, and PhD programs that are preparing nurse leaders of today and tomorrow at campus locations in Newark, New Brunswick, and Blackwood, NJ. In addition to its academic programs, the school operates Rutgers Community Health Center, a federally qualified health center located in Newark, and a comprehensive continuing education program serving nurses and other health care professionals.


About New Community Corporation

New Community Corporation (www.newcommunity.org) was founded in 1968 in Newark, N.J., by Monsignor William J. Linder and a small group of community residents. during a time of civil unrest that was spreading throughout urban communities across the United States. NCC has grown to become one of the largest and most comprehensive community development organizations in the country, providing services ranging from housing and health care to education and banking services. New Community Corporation’s mission is “to help residents of inner cities improve the quality of their lives to reflect individual God-given dignity and personal achievement.” Included in the network are close to 2,000 units of housing for families and seniors; an accredited post-secondary school; a 180-bed skilled nursing home; a one-stop Family Resource Success Center; a transitional housing facility for homeless families; Adult Learning Center; a federally-insured Federal Credit Union; Financial Opportunity Center; two early learning centers; and after-school, recreational and summer camp programs for youth.
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