Transforming healthcare for the community
with the community
The Trenton Health Team is an innovative collaboration comprised of the city of Trenton's two hospitals, St. Francis Medical Center and Capital Health; its only federally recognized health clinic, Henry J. Austin, and Trenton's Health Department.
In February 2006, the Mayor of Trenton commissioned an independent consulting firm, the Katz Consulting Group, to research and develop a plan, to improve the health status and the access to healthcare services, for the city’s population.
The Trenton Health Team is governed by bylaws which provide for an Executive Committee and a Board of Trustees. The Board meets monthly and the Executive Committee meets weekly. Minutes of these meetings are codified and distributed.
Meet Our Staff
The staff of Trenton Health Team is comprised of a diverse group of individuals with a shared commitment to ensuring access to quality care for all community residents. With backgrounds in medicine, social work, community health, education, data systems, and management, our team is dedicated to improving health and health care delivery. Our approach is holistic and person-centered, recognizing that physical and behavioral health are inextricably linked.
Ruth Perry, MD, Executive Director
As an emergency room physician in Philadelphia, Dr. Ruth Perry saw patients return often for minor ailments that just needed a doctor as well as for chronic illnesses like diabetes that weren’t managed effectively. Twenty-five years later the same problems exist in city emergency rooms, but this time Dr. Perry is Read More
Gregory Paulson, Deputy Director of Programs and Operations
During his years as an emergency department Patient Care Technician and Field Paramedic, Greg Paulson helped many patients who needed emergency care, and many who sought refuge in the emergency room when they actually needed accessible primary care and social services. Read More
Martha Cook Davidson, Director of Development
Public health has always been an interest for Martha Davidson, who grew up in India, where her parents worked as medical missionaries, setting up ambulances as mobile clinics that visited village bazaars. Her family later settled in Newton, MA, where her father served as commissioner of public health. Read More
Roberto Gerardi, Data Analyst
Roberto Gerardi joined THT in May as Data Analyst, providing support in managing systems and tracking program outcomes across the organization. He has both domestic and international work experience, including a research and development position at a biotechnology start-up in Spain Read More
Marlo Bodinizzo, Administrative Assistant
Marlo Bodinizzo serves as the administrative point person for THT, coordinating calendars and events, managing information and supplies, and providing general support to the Executive Director and THT leadership. She brings a broad range of experience in both for-profit and non-profit environments, with Read More
Anita Porbeni, MD, MSPH, Clinical Project Manager
A highly motivated physician with a master’s degree in public health and sub-specialty in epidemiology, Anita Porbeni is a self- starter and experienced preventive medicine and public health professional. Served as Program Coordinator for the Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) program Read More
Deborah Peters, RN, Tuberculosis Nurse Case Manager
Deborah joined THT in 2011, bringing many years of experience as a nurse and health services administrator. She has served as team leader and unit manager for dialysis centers in Delran and Bordentown, NJ, and as a staff nurse at Helene Fuld Medical Center (now Capital Health Regional Campus). Read More
Care Management Team
The highest utilizers of Trenton’s emergency room services are getting support from Trenton Health Team’s Care Management Team (CMT). The four-member CMT includes a nurse case manager, a social worker, and two community outreach workers. The CMT’s High Utilizers Program offers complete care known as wrap-around services, which include social and psychological services as well as primary healthcare. Read More
Pictured from left to right
- Deborah Hicks, RN, Nurse Case Manager
- Kerron Smith, Community Health Worker
- LaTanya Bethea, Community Health Worker
- Patricia Ni'ma, MSW, Licensed Social Worker
The Executive Committee
Board of Directors
In addition to the Executive Committee and Board of Directors, four other committees and three sub-committees contribute to the Trenton Health Team's governance.
- Value Committee
- Health Information Exchange Steering Committee
- Community-Wide Clinical Care Coordination Team (C4T)
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention
- The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey
- Mercer County Department of Health
- New Jersey Department of Health
- The Nicholson Foundation
- The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation