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Trenton, NJ 08625-0360

For Release:
February 19, 2013

Mary E. O'Dowd, M.P.H.

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Health Commissioner to Tour Jersey City Medical Center to View Renovation Following Hurricane Sandy

On February 20, New Jersey Health Commissioner Mary E. O'Dowd will join Joseph F. Scott, President and CEO of LibertyHealth and Jersey City Medical Center to view renovations made to the hospital which suffered significant damage during Hurricane Sandy.  The Commissioner will tour the Medical Coordination Center, the Emergency Department, and other areas on the first floor of the hospital which took on several feet of flood water at the height of the storm.

The tour will begin at 2pm at Jersey City Medical Center located 355 Grand Street, Jersey City. 

During the storm, the hospital sustained substantial damage across the entire first floor of the main hospital building including the Port Authority Heroes of 9/11 Trauma Center and the Emergency Department, amongst other vital service and support areas. Despite the damage, the hospital continued seeing emergency patients on the second floor of the hospital and continued all in-patient operations throughout the storm. 

In addition, the campus experienced flooding and significant damage to the adjacent medical office building, which houses the Cristie Kerr Women's Center, and the Provident Bank Ambulatory Care Center, which contains the Medical Center's programs for children with special needs. In total, the hospital experienced approximately $3 million in structural damage as well as experiencing the loss of over 40 vehicles and eight ambulances. 

The Commissioner visited Jersey City Medical Center after the storm on November 2 to view the damage.   The Department deployed the Mobile Satellite Emergency Department to Jersey City Medical Center while the hospital was renovating its Emergency Department.


Last Reviewed: 2/19/2013