Dickinson brawl leaves one stabbing victim

A brawl that apparently involved dozens of students at Dickinson High School on April 6 required the Jersey City police to use pepper spray, police officials said.

The incident happened just after school let out and included other smaller fights as well.

A police officer, alerted to a possible fight planned for after school near Palisades Avenue, saw the students gathering near the corner as fights spilled out into oncoming traffic.

The school district issued a statement on April 6 regarding the event, saying that one student had been stabbed, but had not suffered serious injury.

“The incident did not occur on school property and does not appear to have originated in the school,” the release said. “The Jersey City Police Department responded quickly and is investigating the incident. School staff is working with police in their investigation and in helping ensure student safety. Police have been, and will continue to be, visible and responsive in the area and have been on special patrols each day since the fight.”

School officials said Dickinson High School has been working to develop programs to help address issues in the community that periodically impact on the school and lead to incidents like the one that occurred Monday.

“The school has anti-violence student groups and anti-bullying programs as well as mentoring programs that develop student leadership and provide social, emotional and academic supports. The school is currently developing a program that will help students deal with conflicts constructively and which will also provide support to the larger community. The conflicts amongst students at Dickinson are part of larger issues facing the city as a whole. The District welcomes the opportunity to work with the City Council, the Jersey City Police Department and other concerned residents to help deescalate the violence that is impacting young people across the city.”

Ten percent of future tax abatements to go to schools

Mayor Steven Fulop announced Wednesday that he signed an executive order that will dedicate 10 percent of the revenue from future property tax abatements to the Jersey City public schools, with the revenue being shared through an unrestricted transfer of funds at the end of each calendar year.

“For the past four years, we worked on correcting the fiscal mismanagement and structural deficit that we inherited from past administrations, and were able to deliver four consecutive years of no tax increases and three consecutive credit upgrades,” said Mayor Fulop. “With the city’s fiscal house on solid footing, we believe now is the right time set the standard that tax abated properties contribute to the Board of Education to relieve the burden on all of our city taxpayers.”

“The success of Jersey City can be seen in the growth of our school population, with families staying in Jersey City and educating their children in our public schools,” added Mayor Fulop. 

The administration analyzed a formula from Rutgers University that estimates the number of children expected per each tax abated high rise building, while also taking into account past examples in practice.

Using the high end of that projection, 25 percent of the units would send children to the school system, which is a very high estimate. Using a formula that determines the amount of each abated project’s impact on city services, and factoring in 25 percent of the units using the schools, the city rounded upwards to 10 percent for the revenue to be shared with the public schools.

The executive order also includes revenue on tax abated commercial hotel properties, even though those buildings do not contribute to the school population or add to its operating costs.

Christ Hospital offers Lunch & Learn Program on Lung Disease

CarePoint Health-Christ Hospital will offer a free program about dealing with lung disease as part of its Lunch & Learn Series on Wednesday, April 12 from noon to 1 p.m. at Christ Hospital.

Join health care professionals for a free healthy lunch and learn about ways to manage diseases of the heart and lungs, such as congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The program will include information about proper nutrition and medications.

Those wishing to attend should register by emailing or by April 10.

Christ Hospital is located at 176 Palisade Ave., Jersey City.

JCMC 2017 leader in LGBTQ healthcare equality

For the fourth consecutive year, Jersey City Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, has been recognized as a 2017 Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization. This designation was reported in the 10th edition of the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), reflecting on a decade of progress in LGBTQ healthcare.

According to a media release from the hospital, “Jersey City Medical Center earned top marks in meeting non-discrimination and training criteria that demonstrate a commitment to equitable, inclusive, and compassionate care for LGBTQ patients and their families, who often face significant challenges in securing the medical care they need and deserve.

“To earn this recognition, RWJUH reached a set of LGBTQ-inclusive benchmarks from the HRC Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index, an annual survey that encourages equal care for the LGBTQ community Americans by evaluating inclusive policies and practices related to patients, visitors and employees.”

A total of 590 healthcare facilities participated in the HEI 2017 survey, during which the HRC Foundation also researched policies at more than 900 non-participating hospitals.

“As part of its commitment to promote LGBTQ health equity and access to care,” the hospital’s statement said, “Jersey City Medical Center has created several policies and programs addressing issues facing this community.”

These include adding gender confirming surgery and hormonal drug therapy to its employee benefits plan; policies to ensure that same sex spouses are entitled to the same benefits as different sex spouses; a gender transitioning policy for any employee who would like to transition their gender, and LGBTQ training during new employee orientation.

The hospital offers an LGBTQ webpage and provides same sex partners/spouses with equal visitation rights and the right to be designated as a medical decision maker. In addition, patients are assigned to a hospital room and use the restroom based on their gender identity. JCMC also has LGBTQ representation on various boards throughout the hospital and has hired an LGBTQ advocate for patients and employees. The medical center is also establishing a community advisory board.

HCCC nursing program graduates rank in state’s top ten

The state Board of Nursing/National Council of State Boards of Nursing posting of pass rates for nursing school graduates who have taken the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) for the first time has shown that 93.75 percent of graduates of the CarePoint Health School of Nursing at Hudson County Community College passed first time out.

A statement from CarePoint said this places the program in the top 10, both for passing rates among all New Jersey Registered Nursing programs and among all New Jersey associate-degree, Registered Nursing programs.

NCLEX is a standardized test that each state board uses to determine whether or not a graduate is prepared for entry-level nursing. The NCLEX covers categories of patient needs such as: safe, effective care environment; health promotion and maintenance; psychological integrity; and physiological integrity.

The CarePoint/HCCC Nursing Program offers an Associate of Science degree that prepares graduates to be eligible for the state licensure examination required for registered nurses. The college has scheduled an open house on Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the College’s Culinary Conference Center, 161 Newkirk St. Jersey City.

The $25 application fee will be waived for those who apply to the college at the event.

Additional information about the HCCC Open House and the RSVP is available online at

St. Joseph’s spring luncheon will be April 23

St. Joseph’s (Jersey City) Rosary Society’s annual spring luncheon will be on Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Liberty House Restaurant, 10 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City. Tickets can be purchased by calling Maryann Greiner at (201) 653-0392 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $40 for an adult and $25 for children under 12. Lunch will include a salad, entree, dessert, soda, coffee and tea.

County accepts grant for injury prevention

The Board of Freeholders at its March 22 meeting authorized the county to apply for and accept a $62,000 grant, if awarded, from the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety for the 2018 Hudson County Safe Communities Project, to be administered by the Jersey City Medical Center Barnabas Health.

The purpose of the grant is to partner with other agencies to support the development of injury prevention programs and services leading to a reduction in injuries and deaths resulting from motor vehicle and bicycle accidents.

Christ Hospital Offering Lunch & Learn Program on Lung Disease

CarePoint Health-Christ Hospital is offering a free program about dealing with lung disease as part of its Lunch & Learn Series on Wednesday, April 12 from noon to 1 p.m. at Christ Hospital.

Join health care professionals for a free healthy lunch and learn about ways to manage diseases of the heart and lungs, such as congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The program will include information about proper nutrition and medications.

Those wishing to attend should register by emailing or by April 10.

Christ Hospital is located at 176 Palisade Ave., Jersey City.

CarePoint Health hospitals recognized

Jersey Magazine and Castle Connolly Group recently named all of the CarePoint Health hospitals among the top ten in the state of New Jersey, according to a press release from CarePoint.

“CarePoint Health is the only system in Hudson County to have all of its hospitals named among the top ten in the state,” said the release.

 CarePoint Health-Bayonne Medical Center was named number two overall in the state among hospitals with fewer than 350 beds and CarePoint Health-Hoboken University Medical Center was named number six in that category. CarePoint Health-Christ Hospital was named number eight among hospitals with more than 350 beds.

 ”We are extremely proud that all CarePoint Health hospitals have been awarded such prestigious honors,” said Jeff Mandler, CEO of CarePoint Health. “We take great pride in providing excellence in healthcare, and to have all of our hospitals named among the top ten in New Jersey illustrates our commitment to providing the best care in the region.”

“These rankings confirm what we see every day in the hospitals—that our physicians put the needs of their patients first and are committed to high quality, coordinated care,” said CarePoint Health Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Nizar Kifaieh. “This recognition is particularly meaningful as it comes from our peers in the physician community.”

CarePoint Health hospitals were also recognized as leaders in the treatment of breast cancer (Bayonne, Christ, Hoboken), prostate cancer (Bayonne, Christ, Hoboken), congestive heart failure (Bayonne, Christ, Hoboken), strokes (Christ, Hoboken), neurological disorders (Hoboken), and hip and knee repairs (Hoboken).

CarePoint Health-Bayonne Medical Center was rated No. 1 in the state for treatment of breast cancer, prostate cancer, and congestive heart failure.

Doctors were invited, directly and through a variety of means, to participate in an online survey that ran November to December 2016. More than 3,000 doctors throughout the state were reached by email and fax, including Castle Connolly-rated top doctors and physicians who participated in the online survey for Inside Jersey’s Top Hospitals 2016 feature.