Does Hoboken need a hospital?

3/23/2010:

HUMC low ranked; do we really need it?

Hoboken resident Frank G. asks a simple question today, and that’s “Does Hoboken still need a hospital?”

He goes on to reference how low Hoboken University Medical Center was ranked in comparison to Liberty Health – Jersey City Medical Center, citing that JCMC was near the top 10 in every category, but Hoboken only barely made the list half of the time.

Could we get away with using other area hospitals instead?

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20 Comments on "Does Hoboken need a hospital?"


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Derrida
5 years 10 months ago

Hoboken’s hospital has always been there is times of need for my family and friends, whether it was for emergency care, maternity or long-term treatment. St Mary’s or HUMC has provided first rate care and guidance whenever we were in need. As Hoboken continues to grow with the endless rise of housing developments, more and more people will be crowding into town. To have a hospital (with top notch affiliated MDs) and an emergency room right here — just a walk away — is a rare benefit, indeed. It would be nice to see a post about the many MDs,… Read more »

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Franklin
5 years 10 months ago

You must be kidding me! I wish I could reply that it was a good facility and i needed in a city as large as Hoboken. But, the care received there (and care is not the right word for the place) is HORRIBLE. I have been misdiagnosed when the assistant told me what I suspected was wrong (within two seconds of seeing the XRAYS!!!!) at the next doctor I saw. Many friends have gone there and have had similar (actually worse) issues. Everyone I know says that in case their kids get hurt (or they do), take them to another… Read more »

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Derrida
5 years 10 months ago

Actually, the successful passage of our President’s Health Care Reform Bill will assist in alleviating the financial strain that local hospitals like HUMC suffer from. As newly-insured patients begin to transition to PCPs rather than emergency rooms, hospitals will be able to allocate considerable resources toward other areas. “Obamacare” as you revealingly put it, will actually assist HUMC and other similarly situated hospitals in their efforts to survive and flourish. Alot of those who show animosity toward HUMC seem simply to wish failure upon a Roberts administration idea that seems to have the support of Mayor Zimmer. In response to… Read more »

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BarbaraR56
5 years 10 months ago

Yes it has been there in times of need for my family as well, my son was born there too. JMO but with the taxes and present economic situation in Hoboken I think people will leave and go to another city/state. The need for it may not be as important as it once was. Unions voted to give back percentages of their salaries, they unfortunately think they will get this money back with the new contract, I don’t see that happening, but I guess giving back is better than no job or benefits. I have to agree the plan to… Read more »

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wiskeytango1
5 years 10 months ago

bar56 .In case of cardiac arrest or a severed artery,every minute counts..Brain without oxygen maybe 5 to 6 minutes..first response gets to SM in three minutes…Of course with Cancer etc we go to specialist hosptials ..SM does not have a heart team which is Ludacris…What is hurting the Hospital is the fact people on welfare rack up heavy tabs..That hurt Med Center.Another is closing in NYC. Don’t let DA Bamma fool us into socialised medicine.If you need a certain test,theres a waiting period.Mean while call mc knight at fialias to cover both ends:( In response to BarbaraR56 who said: Yes… Read more »

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5 years 10 months ago

I have been predicting for years that the hospital will close except for the Brand spankin new emergency room.That will remain and the rest will be converted to apartments/condos, or be torn down all together to make way for a new building.
i feel this has been the long range plan for a long time, regardless of what the politicos say in public.

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jc5201
5 years 10 months ago

The question is not if we need it, it is how can we get rid of it with out taking a crippling loss? There’s no way the city can flip the property and making a killing, as all candidates for mayor said during the last election.

Member
5 years 10 months ago

We are going to take a loss, best to take it sooner rather than later after they burn through more cash.

In response to jc5201 who said:
The question is not if we need it, it is how can we get rid of it with out taking a crippling loss? There’s no way the city can flip the property and making a killing, as all candidates for mayor said during the last election.

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jc5201
5 years 10 months ago

Waiting until after it happens is not leadership. Now is the time to plan for the ending. Governors usually don’t joke when they talk about pulling funding. Our leaders should already be prepared for the inevitable, with an action plan on how to minimize the damage.

In response to matt_72 who said:
We are going to take a loss, best to take it sooner rather than later after they burn through more cash.

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5 years 10 months ago

You don’t get it, I want it shut down ASAP. I’ve said all along we are going to take a beating. I have been very consistant in saying there is no way in hell those bonds are fully covered. This pig needs to be slaughtered. There is no avoiding it. Only thing you can do is shut it down fast before they go further and further in the red. I have seen nothing to indicate the hospital will ever be profitable to breakeven. Not even Obamacare will save it b/c Medicare & Medicaid do not cover treatment costs so it… Read more »

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KenOn10
5 years 10 months ago

Okay, help me out here. We have “leaders”? Who?

Does “hoping everything gets delayed till after my re-election” count as an action plan?

In response to jc5201 who said:
Waiting until after it happens is not leadership. Now is the time to plan for the ending. Governors usually don’t joke when they talk about pulling funding. Our leaders should already be prepared for the inevitable, with an action plan on how to minimize the damage.

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KenOn10
5 years 10 months ago

well, we do need the hospital to generate non-essential patronage jobs for heavily connected insiders. you want to throw those poor people out into the street? that’s just cruel.

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Sam Mitchell
5 years 10 months ago

if they decide to shut it, there’s certainly 1 way to make it a profit center:
turn it into a casino

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wiskeytango1
5 years 10 months ago

sam that was as funny as a rubber crutch..A pricless post..In the event you have the misfortune of getting a seizure or heart attack ,ems can put you on the rollette wheel and spin you on the black or red.if red you dead..good idea to make a profit..lmao

In response to Sam Mitchell who said:
if they decide to shut it, there’s certainly 1 way to make it a profit center:
turn it into a casino

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