Newark Beth receives $565,000 grant to support patient transportation 

Money from LISC will help hospital continue program of providing free ride-share services for patients in need 

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center has received a $565,000 grant from the Health Access Fund of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation to support patient transportation. 

About Newark Beth Israel Medical Center  

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, is a 665-bed regional care teaching hospital that provides comprehensive health care. Newark Beth Israel is a Top Teaching Hospital and home to one of the nation’s top 15 heart transplant centers, which has performed more than 1,100 heart transplants. 

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, provides free rideshare services through Uber Health to patients who need assistance traveling to and from Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, including those who need transportation upon leaving the emergency department.  

In 2023, approximately 3,300 patients and visitors have received Uber rides to and from the hospital with the support of this grant.  

Newark Beth CEO Darrell Terry said the grant will have great impact. 

“At Newark Beth Israel, we strive to remove all barriers to care and to eliminate health care disparities,” he said. “This grant helps us deliver on that mission for thousands of patients and their families.” 

In partnership with Uber, PayPal and Walgreens, LISC created the Health Access Fund to advance health equity by addressing transportation barriers to accessing health care and other essential services.  

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center is one of more than 20 organizations to receive a grant through the Health Access Fund, which aims to reduce health disparities in underserved communities, particularly for people of color living on low incomes. 

“We’re proud to work with Newark Beth Israel Medical Center to help break down transportation barriers that keep too many people from accessing the health services they need to live a happy, full life,” Jorge Cruz, executive director of LISC Newark, said. 

 “This collaboration is part of LISC’s larger efforts to improve quality of life for Newark’s most vulnerable residents. Along with addressing health concerns, our work helps connect people to affordable housing, quality education, and jobs with growth potential.”