History and Mission of

Metropolitan Family Health Network

Metropolitan Family Health Network became Hudson County’s newest Federally Qualified Health Center in Fall of 2006, thanks to the assistance of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the New Jersey Department of Health & Senior Services. At that time there were two sites — the headquarters clinic at 935 Garfield Avenue in Jersey City, NJ and the clinic at 5300 Bergenline Avenue in West New York, NJ. In 2009, the organization added a third site — 857 Bergen Avenue in Jersey City — which provides access to both medical and social services and houses the Metropolitan Family Health Network 330(h) Healthcare for the Homeless Program. MFHN shares the Bergen Avenue site location and partners with The United Way of Hudson County.

In 2010, Metropolitan Family Health Network earned gold-seal accreditation from The Joint Commission, an independent organization that accredits and certifies healthcare organizations in the U.S. The Joint Commission’s gold seal is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards and ensuring that people experience the safest, highest quality, best-value health care.

In 2010, MFHN also formulated plans to build-out and open a four-operatory Dental Suite which opened to patients in early 2012.

Metropolitan Family Health Network remains dedicated to its mission of making high-quality, affordable, primary-care services and programs accessible to the people of Hudson County — especially those who are unserved, uninsured, under-insured and homeless — regardless of their ability to pay. Since our official opening in 2006, the number of men, women and children we serve has increased from 12,114 patient visits per year to more than 56,000.

Metropolitan Family Health Network (MFHN) is a federally qualified health center covered under the Public Health Service (PHS) Act. That means that for purposes of claims of medical negligence, by law, MFHN, its employees, and eligible contractors are considered federal employees and are immune from lawsuits. A patient who alleges acts of medical malpractice against MFHN, its employees or eligible contractors cannot sue the health center or the provider(s) directly, but instead must file any claim against the United States Government. The Federal government assumes responsibility for costs related to any such claim resulting from the performance of a health services. There is no cost to a participating health center or its providers. These claims are reviewed and/or litigated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the General Counsel and the Department of Justice according to FTCA requirements.