More on the HUMC “award”
I knew someone would chime in on this!
An anonymous Hoboken411 reader shares his interesting viewpoint on yesterday’s congratulatory full-page HUMC ad that appeared in a local magazine:
Spin Doctors give themselves an award
Here is the blurb on the award:
The second annual NJBIZ Healthcare Hero Awards program was developed to honor the efforts of individuals and organizations making a significant impact on the quality of healthcare in New Jersey. The Healthcare Hero Awards are divided into nine categories: Corporate Achievement Hero, Education Hero, Hospital of the Year, Innovation Hero, Nurse of the Year, Nursing Home/Assisted Living Facility of the Year, Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Center of the Year, Physician of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.
“During the nomination process, companies and individuals nominated themselves or others. Nominees were then asked to describe their heroic actions based on the category description”. To be eligible, individual nominees must work in New Jersey and organization nominees must have offices in the state. They could not be a member of the judges’ panel, a member of a judge’s immediate family or a previous Healthcare Heroes award winner.
In other words the spin doctors at the HUMC they are able to say what they did to improve the Hospital and get an award. How carefully are the entries cross-checked for validity? To me this sounds like a pat yourself on the back award and the winner is whoever can spin the best story.
Now lets be real, progress has perhaps been made, how it could not after getting $52 million dollars. However the jury is still out on the long term prospects of this institution given the cash flow issues earlier this year. I don’t forget that process that created this quasi-governmental agency was not a transparent process (taxpayers were left out) and while I support trying to save the hospital I don’t think the Citizens of Hoboken should have to back the whole bond. More than half of the patients are from outside Hoboken. Let’s get other areas of the county to help back the bond.
This award is more of a PR thing. I just hope there is some substance behind it instead of ribbons, little information, zero transparency and secret handshakes that have been the trademarks of the Robert’s Administration.
Don’t get me wrong, I want the hospital to succeed but a little more transparency might take away the skepticism I have given the performance of other hospitals in NJ as well as the Mayor’s track record of openness and competency in assessing government financials.”