About Us

Before becoming a foundation, the Elizabethtown Healthcare Foundation functioned under the name Jersey Healthcare Services as the parent of the Elizabeth General Medical Center and its sister corporations. It functioned as such until the consolidation of Elizabeth General Medical Center and St. Elizabeth Hospital in 2000 at which point this parent function ceased. Jersey Healthcare Services continued in existence until June 10, 2002 when the Board of Trustees voted to change its status to a private foundation and changed its name to Elizabethtown Healthcare Foundation. The Elizabethtown Healthcare Foundation has been functioning as a private foundation since that time.

The Elizabethtown Healthcare Foundation has two distinct roles.

First, under the terms of the agreement to consolidate Elizabeth General Medical Center and St. Elizabeth Hospital, the Foundation shares in the sponsorship and oversight of Trinitas Health and Trinitas Regional Medical Center in a unique partnership with the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth. Click here to view a chart showing the governance of Trinitas Regional Medical Center. Trinitas represents the uniting of a community hospital and a Catholic hospital with the intention that both the community and the Church continue to have a voice in the new system.

The second role of the Elizabethtown Healthcare Foundation is that of a private foundation. As such, the Board of Trustees awards grants generated from the Foundation's income-producing properties and income from investments to worthy non-profit healthcare related organizations in the City of Elizabeth and surrounding communities in Eastern Union County, New Jersey.

The Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey and the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders have recognized the Elizabethtown Healthcare Foundation for its record of service and leadership within the community and for demonstrating its continued commitment to promoting good health.

Further recognition of the Foundation's good work is listed below:

  • Trinitas Health Humanitarian Award

  • YWCA of Eastern Union County for dedicated partnership to eliminate domestic violence in Union County.

  • Community Access Unlimited Humanitarian of the Year Award in recognition of support for adults with disabilities and at-risk youth.

  • Bridgeway Community Partnership Award for untiring commitment to individuals dealing with mental illness.

  • Jewish Family Service of Central New Jersey Good Neighbor Award for generous support of efforts to help the elderly remain in the dignity of their own homes.

  • Some of the most gratifying recognition comes from the stories forwarded to the Foundation about the people who have benefited from the programs and services made possible by funds provided by Elizabethtown Healthcare Foundation.

    Statement of Mission

    The Elizabethtown Healthcare Foundation, through its Trustees and by action of its elected Members to Trinitas Health, strives to perpetuate community interest and involvement in Trinitas Health and Hospital.

    Through its work as a private, independent foundation, it provides financial support to non-profit agencies and organizations to strengthen existing and/or seed innovative initiatives that address healthcare and related needs in Elizabeth, New Jersey and surrounding communities.

    The Elizabethtown Healthcare Foundation values its roots and heritage of community service, which originated with and is derived from the Elizabeth General Medical Center, the first hospital in the City of Elizabeth.

    Our Leadership

    Dedicated representatives from the community serve on the Board of Trustees and conduct the affairs of the Elizabethtown Healthcare Foundation including the review of grant applications and the awarding of grants. The Board also supports efforts to actively promote the history of the three original Elizabeth hospitals, their unification, and the shared vision and current governance roles of the Elizabethtown Healthcare Foundation and the Sisters of Charity.

    Trustees are selected on the basis of their willingness to serve in an active capacity and their ability to contribute to the conduct of the affairs of the Foundation.