JFK Medical Center (Edison, New Jersey)

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JFK Medical Center
Hackensack Meridian Health
Location 65 James Street, Edison, NJ 08818, Edison, New Jersey, United States
Coordinates 40°33′25″N 74°20′57″W / 40.5570°N 74.3492°W / 40.5570; -74.3492Coordinates: 40°33′25″N 74°20′57″W / 40.5570°N 74.3492°W / 40.5570; -74.3492
Funding Non-profit hospital
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Emergency department Yes
Beds 499
Founded 1967
Website http://www.jfkmc.org

John F. Kennedy Medical Center (JFK), an affiliate of Hackensack Meridian Health, is a 499 bed full-service, acute care hospital, and the home of the JFK Johnson Rehabilitative Institute. The hospital is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Seton Hall University School of Graduate Medical Education located in Edison, New Jersey.[1]

JFK Medical Center accommodates more than 20,000 admissions, 3,000 births and 60,000 emergency room visits on a yearly basis. The medical center features a complete array of services, including general surgery, emergency medicine, psychiatry, orthopedics, maternity and pediatric care. It is home to two well known institutes: the JFK New Jersey Neuroscience Institute and the JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute, as well as JFK Haven Hospice, JFK Imaging Center, and the Center for Wound Healing.

JFK Medical Center’s Johnson Rehabilitation Institute (JRI) has been ranked as one of the best hospitals in the nation for 2013-14 for rehabilitation by U.S. News & World Report.[2]

JFK Medical Center's Stroke and Cerebrovascular Program is designated as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services and a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission.


JFK Medical Center began in the 1960s as a grassroots campaign in response to the increasing demand for health care services created by a rapid population growth occurring in Edison, Woodbridge, Metuchen, and surrounding communities. The late Edison mayor, Anthony M. Yelencsics, for whom the original community hospital was named, led this effort. Mayor Yelencsics was appointed board chairman of the future hospital and his first official action was to establish a Women’s Auxiliary. The Mayor asked long-time community resident and advocate, Mrs. Charles Wira of Edison to take on the responsibility of starting the Auxiliary – in order to raise funds and solicit support for the future community hospital. Mayor Yelencsics convinced Edison officials to donate nearly 40 acres of township land for the hospital. He then lobbied with congressional leaders – such as Middlesex County’s own Rep. Edward J. Patten – to win $1.1 million in Hill-Burton funds, which at the time represented the largest single grant awarded in the state of New Jersey under that program. By this time, before the hospital had even opened its doors, more than $110,000 in pledges had been raised in community donations by the Auxiliary.

In 1997, Solaris Health System was formed by joining JFK Medical Center and Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center in Plainfield, New Jersey.

Areas of specialty[edit]

  • Neuroscience
  • Rehabilitation
  • Cardiac
  • Pediatrics
  • Surgery
  • Obstetrics
  • Oncology
  • Podiatry
  • Bariatrics
  • Long Term Care
  • Home Care
  • Wound Care
  • Hospice


  1. ^ "About JFK Medical Center". Archived from the original on June 25, 2011. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-07-17. Retrieved 2016-08-02. 

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