Health center named for Sen. Menendez

JERSEY CITY — On Friday, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) was honored with the renaming of the Metropolitan Family Health Network Pediatric Department’s children’s health facility located within the health center at 935 Garfield Avenue. in Jersey City. The newly dedicated areas, named “The Senator Robert Menendez Pediatric Screening Center”, house screening equipment to serve Jersey City children and their families.

“A healthy start helps our children lead productive lives,” said Menendez. “It has always been a priority of mine in public service to help ensure that quality, affordable health care for our children isn’t dependent on their parents’ income level.”

“It’s Metropolitan Family Health Network’s mission to provide high quality, accessible health care to the under-served population in our community, regardless of their ability to pay,” said Joan Dublin, Chief Executive Office of the Metropolitan Family Health Network. “Early detection is the best protection against childhood diseases. MFHN’s Robert Menendez Screening Center will ensure that the children of Hudson County begin their lives with a strong and healthy foundation.”

For over 20 years, residents of Jersey City and surrounding communities have benefitted from the comprehensive primary care services offered at the Metropolitan Family Health Network. With financial support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, Metropolitan Family Health Network, Inc. (MFHN) became the newest Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Hudson County in the Fall of 2006. The goal of the new community health center is to make primary health services more accessible to families in Jersey City. Patients without health insurance coverage are welcomed at Metropolitan. Federally Qualified Health Centers receive support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help support patients who are uninsured. Patients are charged for health care services based on a sliding fee scale. Minimum fees are assessed based on federal requirements.

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