The North Hudson Community Action Corporation officially opened its 10th Federally Qualified Health Care Center on Jan. 24 in Secaucus.
Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli and members of the Secaucus Council joined North Hudson Board Chair Joseph M. Muniz and hospital CEO Dr. Nizar Kifaieh in cutting the ribbon to open facility. The new health center will be located inside Hudson Regional Hospital at 55 Meadowlands Parkway, Secaucus.
“We are excited to have North Hudson Community Action choose Hudson Regional Hospital as their new home,” said Kifaieh. “With their excellent leadership and high-quality clinical care, they’ll add an essential component that has been missing in our Secaucus community. Residents of Secaucus can now receive full medical and preventative care here within the walls of our organization with our new partner.
Services offered will include adult medicine, pediatrics, family planning, and women’s health care. Those who are worried about paying are also in luck, as patients with or without insurance are welcome since all FQHC’s offer care to everyone who needs it regardless of whether or not they can pay.
“We are excited to provide services in Secaucus,” said Muniz, North Hudson Board Chair. “Mayor Gonnelli and council members often spoke to me about the need to expand primary care in their community, and I am glad we are able to do so.”
Among operators of FQHC’s in the state of New Jersey, North Hudson is the largest and has received accreditations from both the federal Health Services and Resources Administration (HRSA) and the Joint Commission. Other facilities by North Hudson are located in Jersey City, Union City, West New York, Harrison, Englewood, Garfield, Hackensack, and Passaic. In 2022 North Hudson served about 60,000 patients in its facilities while vaccinating thousands more in off-site locations and engaged in clinical trials to evaluate new medications and treatments.
The Secaucus-based hospital received an A score from Leapfrog, a healthcare rating agency, and was named one of the top three hospitals in New Jersey. After investing more than $40 million in upgrades and technology, the hospital has centers of excellence for robotic GYN, spine, joint replacement and bariatric surgeries. It is also a center of excellence for minimally invasive surgery and has had the greatest reduction in C-section rates in Hudson County.
Please note this article originally appeared on NJ.com on January 17, 2023.