St. Mary + Corruption = ?

This letter to the editor in this weeks paper really stood out to me. Not sure if all of you have read it, but something bothers me about it. It’s such a contrasting letter compared to the one Mayor Roberts wrote right before it. It seems our new “CEO and President” of St. Mary has been knee-deep in corruption before. Is this why he’s so welcome in our neck of the woods? How do these things happen with little or no attention drawn to them?

Will Holzberg do for St. Mary what he did for UMDNJ?

Dear Editor: In his article about Harvey Holzberg last week, Tom Jennemann buried the news that the new head of St. Mary Hospital was deeply involved with the scandal-plagued University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ. Holzberg was a member of the board of trustees of UMDNJ from 1997 to 2003. In fact, then-Gov. Jim McGreevey appointed him chairman of the 11-member board in August 2002. He lost that job the following March when McGreevey pulled the plug because, as head of UMDNJ affiliate Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Holzberg had a conflict of interest.

Isn’t it funny that, until last week, none of the stories about Holzberg mentioned that he was chairman of a $1.6 billion medical institution–the largest public-health facility in the country? He apparently has left it off his resume.

Why? Is it because UMDNJ is under federal investigation into at least $70 million in Medicare and Medicaid fraud going back at least a decade? Is it because this disgraced public-health behemoth has been a cesspool of no-bid contracts, sweetheart deals, outrageous personal spending charged to the taxpayers, and political influence peddling? U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie told the board in December that UMDNJ is “a public embarrassment,” according to the Star Ledger. Currently, a former judge, appointed by Christie, is monitoring UMDNJ while Christie continues to investigate current and former trustees and employees. The details are available at UMDNJ.edu. I am not accusing Holzberg of any crime. But I would like to ask what Holzberg – as a trustee for at least six years, the chairman for eight months and the head of a major affiliate for 16 years – knew about the sickening amount of corruption now being ferreted out at UMDNJ. Did he try to combat it or did he just ignore it? Or did he miss it altogether? I laughed when I read Holzberg’s promises that the hospital will not become a patronage mill. UMDNJ is now notorious as a warehouse of politically connected friends and relatives. It’s obvious that there was no background check before filling this position. No one, it seems, bothered to run his name through a Google search.

When Holzberg took over at St. Mary earlier this month, Mayor Dave Roberts said, “Harvey’s track record as a health-care leader is second to none.” Mr. Mayor, do you really mean that? The best person for the job is a man who ran an institution that’s now under a federal investigation?

May I suggest that the mayor, as well as State Sen. Bernard Kenny and Assemblyman Albio Sires – who rushed a bill through Trenton that would clear the way for Hoboken to take over this money-losing hospital – do their homework and try Googling before they saddle the taxpayers of Hoboken with someone who doesn’t know corruption when it’s stinking up the joint, or doesn’t do anything about it.

Maureen Sullivan

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24 Comments on "St. Mary + Corruption = ?"

J-
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any word on Harvey going to Jail yet?? 🙂

J-
Member

cityofcin, you’ve got me stumped on this one….when is HARVEY GOING TO JAIL? Maybe Joan Q already is in jail and she can’t respond to ‘TOUR’ requests? 😉

cityofcin
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cityofcin

Again—going for another round on this one. when is Harvey going to jail? he is a white collar criminal! what is the Fed’s 411?? any thoughts??

cityofcin
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cityofcin

[quote comment=”28543″]From the May 29 Jersey Journal article
“The hospital is now operating with a seven-figure surplus, according to Ron DiVito, its chief financial officer. Last year at this time, it was losing $2 million a month.

However, that includes $1.3 million in Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital funding, which the hospital wasn’t eligible for when it was a privately owned hospital and which could soon disappear if the federal government cuts Medicaid subsidies.

Without the additional Medicaid funding, the hospital was operating at a $300,000 loss over the first two months, records show.

In addition, the hospital’s finances were helped by a one-time $13 million gift from Bon Secours Health System, its previous owner, to help it operate through its first year.

But hospital officials say the recovery is real. ”

So basically they are losing 3.6 million a year without subsidies and a one-shot injection of funds.
And that’s what the “records show”???

How about releasing the results of a qualified audit and producing some certified financial statements before you declare victory????

If these guys weren’t on the dole getting handouts they’d be out of business….that’s painfully obvious!!!!!!
:mrgreen:[/quote]

honcho, I am happy to hear that someone has their EYES WIDE OPEN RATHER THAN WIDE SHUT.. 😯

honcho
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honcho

From the May 29 Jersey Journal article
“The hospital is now operating with a seven-figure surplus, according to Ron DiVito, its chief financial officer. Last year at this time, it was losing $2 million a month.

However, that includes $1.3 million in Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital funding, which the hospital wasn’t eligible for when it was a privately owned hospital and which could soon disappear if the federal government cuts Medicaid subsidies.

Without the additional Medicaid funding, the hospital was operating at a $300,000 loss over the first two months, records show.

In addition, the hospital’s finances were helped by a one-time $13 million gift from Bon Secours Health System, its previous owner, to help it operate through its first year.

But hospital officials say the recovery is real. ”

So basically they are losing 3.6 million a year without subsidies and a one-shot injection of funds.
And that’s what the “records show”???

How about releasing the results of a qualified audit and producing some certified financial statements before you declare victory????

If these guys weren’t on the dole getting handouts they’d be out of business….that’s painfully obvious!!!!!!
:mrgreen:

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