Capital Health, one of the area’s largest employers and a provider of health care in the Trenton community for over 125 years, recently announced an initiative to spearhead significant investment in the community surrounding its flagship hospital on Brunswick Avenue.
In addition to announcing the new Trenton Neighborhood Initiative, Capital Health announced it has received a $2.5 million leadership gift from the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation, dedicated to supporting the initiative’s work.
Recognizing its role as an anchor institution in the area, Capital Health decided to embark on a significant project to drive $10 million of investment in the greater well-being of the neighborhood where its Regional Medical Center is located.
“Leaders in health care know that our responsibility to the communities we serve extends well beyond the walls of our hospitals and medical offices,” Al Maghazehe, CEO and president of Capital Health, stated. “The health of our community is about much more, and I am committed to driving meaningful programs that will have an impact on the broader health and well-being of our neighbors.”
The Trenton Neighborhood Initiative recognizes the importance of helping address the social determinants of health for residents and will deliver solutions that complement the health care services Capital Health provides. Specifically, TNI will focus on programs supporting home ownership and rehabilitation, job training and employment, digital equity and healthy beginnings to support the needs of new moms and their families.
In addition to providing its own $1 million commitment of financial support for the project, Capital Health launched an ambitious campaign seeking philanthropic support from valued corporate partners, friends and neighbors.
Through TNI, Capital Health and its partners will be investing time and resources in what is planned to be a five-year, $10 million effort. This investment will create new opportunities to engage community residents in improving the well-being and stability of their neighborhood, while making Trenton a safer, more beautiful place to live. The Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation pledged the first leadership gift to the campaign in the amount of $2.5 million.
Key strategies are being developed based on input from community residents, data and recommendations from existing neighborhood plans, and industry best practices. Long-term, with community and partner input and involvement, the program will seek to make significant strides in four key pillars: Live, Work, Grow, and Connect.
Programs will begin in phases as program development is complete and partners are brought on board; however, two signature programs supporting homeownership and education will be launching over the next several weeks.