Clifton's Hackensack Meridian Medical School Receives $775K
Congressman Bill Pascrell visited Clifton this week to award the $775,000 in funding secured for Hackensack Meridian Hospital medical school. The funds were part of an operations package in the bipartisan Omnibus Appropriations Bill that included $11 million for projects Pascrell sponsored.
The money the Hackensack Meridian Hospital medical school in Clifton received will be used to buy equipment needed to train additional staff.
Clifton Mayor Anzaldi offered his "sincere thanks to Congressman Pascrell in securing these funds to help our Medical School. It certainly has grown and is impactful on our future medical community." He added that for Clifton "It also helps to continue to move the old Roche site another step forward." Redevelopment of the former Hoffman La-Roche pharmaceutical site has been ongoing since the company first announced its departure a decade ago.
The bill explains that northern New Jersey is considered a medically underserved area that has a need for more trained medical professionals. Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine is teaching students who will go on to serve the region. The School of Medicine has seen rapid growth and needs current training equipment similar to what is used in medical practices.
In March when the funds were secured, Pascrell said "This bill is one of the most forward-looking actions Congress has taken in many years. These projects run the full gamut: improvements to parks, public health facilities and doctor training, environment protection, sewer repair, and road-building" that will improve the lives of residents.
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