Hospital Closing Bill
Do you wonder if this bill will ever come into play in Hoboken, i.e., the future of Hoboken University Medical Center?
Bill Calls for Quicker Notification on Hospital Closings
The state Department of Health and Senior Services would be required to immediately notify elected officials when a hospital in their municipality announces its intention to close, under a bill unanimously approved by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee yesterday. The bill now heads to the full Senate for review.
“Local leaders need to be given every chance to work to keep a hospital open if it serves a major need in the community, or prepare local residents for life after closure,” said Sens. Sandra Bolden Cunningham (D-Hudson), who sponsored the bill along with Ronald L. Rice (R-Essex). “This bill gives elected leaders ample warning to work with their constituents for a health care solution that meets the needs of the neighborhood.”
She said the recent closing of Greenville Hospital in Jersey City helped spur the legislation. Overall, six hospitals in New Jersey have closed in the past 18 months and the remaining 76 are operating in a deficit, according to the New Jersey Hospital Association.
The bill, S-693, would require the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services to provide written notification to all federal, state and local elected leaders when a health system in their district files an application with the Department for a certificate of need to close a hospital.
While we’re discussing the Hoboken University Medical Center, I sure do hope they get something going here soon. Because this cesspool of grungy water is a breeding ground for MOSQUITOES. With the warmer weather coming, they’d better do something about it stat!