Press Release Article


Date: May 13, 2004
Press Release Number: 64-2004

Center Dedicated in Honor of Fallen 9/11 Port Authority Heroes

Governor James E. McGreevey today presented $5 million to the Jersey City Medical Center for the construction of its state-of-the-art Trauma Center. The governor also dedicated the new facility to Port Authority heroes lost on September 11, 2001.

“This 18,000-square-foot Trauma Center will accommodate the second-busiest emergency care program in New Jersey - a program that will serve more than 60,000 patients a year from Jersey City and the surrounding communities. This is a very important day for the entire region’s safety and health,” Governor McGreevey said. “The new Trauma Center is just part of the plan that built an entirely new facility for Jersey City Medical Center. We’re proud to be a part of it.”

“We’re dedicating this Trauma Center to the 84 Port Authority workers who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. This hospital was a key responder on that day. We will never forget the heroism displayed by those who died on September 11, 2001 and those who survived,” the Governor continued.

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “The Trauma Center’s completion is a wonderful example of how the Port Authority partners with host communities to give back in a meaningful way. Thanks to Governor McGreevey’s leadership, we have helped the hospital bring state-of-the-art healthcare services to the region. Today, we also recognize the critical role this hospital played on the most tragic day in the Port Authority’s history. The Port Authority lost 84 members of its family; we commemorate each of those lives lost, and look forward to the promising future of this hospital and the region.”

Jersey City Medical Center President and CEO Dr. Jonathan M. Metsch said, “The Medical Center salutes Governor McGreevey for providing the Trauma Center the funding that put this entire project over the financial finish line. Governor McGreevey was born at this hospital and we are very happy that he and the Port Authority chose to recognize the Medical Center\'s unique safety-net hospital role in Hudson County, and its importance to national emergency preparedness. We thank him for his commitment to making this hospital a premier healthcare facility.”

The Trauma Center will provide acute emergency response and care to area residents. The new facility includes two trauma rooms, a triage unit, treatment rooms and additional waiting rooms.

The Jersey City Medical Center was an integral part of the emergency response team mobilized to assist victims of the September 11 attacks. The center triaged thousands of people along the Hudson County waterfront and moved nearly 200 people to the hospital for additional treatment.

The Port Authority Heroes of September 11 Trauma Center is part of the Jersey City Medical Center Campus. The original Medical Center Campus, constructed in 1930, covers more than one million square feet of space and encompasses several buildings. The current redevelopment project will build a new campus from the ground up. New campus programs will focus on trauma, cardiac surgery, neonatal intensive care and other highly skilled services.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit rail system; the Downtown Manhattan Heliport; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan. The Port Authority is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.

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