Petition to stop HUMC Sale

NJ Appleseed Director starts online petition to stop HUMC Sale

The Director of the NJ Appleseed Public Interest Law Center has started an online petition at Change.org – to stop the sale of the Hoboken University Medical Center.

OVERVIEW

We, the undersigned organizations and individuals, urge the Governor and the Department of Health and Senior Services to reject the Certificate of Need Application filed by Hoboken Municipal Hospital Authority to transfer the license to operate Hoboken University Medical Center to the for-profit entity whose owners currently operate Bayonne Medical Center. It is the government’s obligation to ensure that the Authority’s public assets are protected for continued community use and that the public’s interest is adequately represented, promoted and served by this transaction.

Based on the track record of Bayonne Medical Center including termination of nearly all insurance contracts, dramatic increases in the cost of in-patient care, and some of the lowest quality of care scores in the county, we believe that the process undertaken by the Authority has not provided the Hoboken community and stakeholders with the best option available. We are specifically concerned that the transaction is likely to have a negative impact on the quality, affordability and accessibility of health care services in Hoboken and Hudson County generally.

  • Shifted the costs of indigent care (uninsured and low income) to other local hospitals such as Jersey City Medical Center, Meadowlands Hospital, and Christ Hospital by decreasing Indigent and Charity Care admissions by 27% in 2008 and 2009;
  • Complied unevenly, at best, with its current Certification of Need requirements; and
  • Created a hostile work environment that has included the lock-out of all employees in the summer of 2009.

Petition to stop sale of HUMC

Indeed, pursuant to a recent national survey (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) only 38% of Bayonne patients stated that they would “definitely recommend” the Hospital to others.

On the foregoing track record, we believe that the owners of Bayonne Medical Center do not deserve and have not “earned” the right to operate a second New Jersey hospital.

This is a local decision that will have statewide impact. The prospective purchaser of Hoboken University Medical Center must hold a regional perspective, be willing to coordinate with other neighboring hospitals in Hudson County, and adopt policies and practices that expand access, reduce costs, and keep the hospital accountable to the community. The operators of Bayonne do not meet this standard and we urge the Hoboken Municipal Hospital Authority to actively seek operators who have these goals in mind.

Please support this petition and have your voice heard.

Our concerns are based on the following:

Despite the fact that the Hoboken Municipal Hospital Authority is a public body subject to open meetings and records laws, the sales process has not been transparent. At minimum, the Authority must identify all organizations that were interested in purchasing and operating the hospital, and must disclose the specifics of their proposals for public review; and

Despite the fact that the proposed purchaser operates a hospital in Hudson County, the track record of such entity with respect to quality of service, cost, and patient access has apparently not been considered. It is our understanding based on information issued by the Department of Health and Senior Services and other public sources that the operator of Bayonne has:

  • Decreased in-patient access and services by 40-48% from 2008-2010 for patients insured by one insurer by terminating its insurance contracts with that entity;
  • Decreased out-patient access and services by 68-74% from 2008-2010 for patients insured by one insurer 2008-2010 by terminating its insurance contracts with that entity;
  • Decreased total hospital admissions by 21% over 2008 and 2009 with strong evidence that this reduction has increased in 2010 and 2011;
  • Increased daily rates to more than double that of the state average (from $13,000 to $29,000);
  • Delivered services whose quality has suffered due to staffing cuts and other cost cutting measures notwithstanding the efforts of BMC employees to provide safe and effective care for patients (for example, according to the 2010 NJ Hospital Performance Report, BMC is last in the State in “Surgical Care Improvement,” and in the bottom 10% of NJ hospitals in “Pneumonia Care.”);
  • Shifted the costs of indigent care (uninsured and low income) to other local hospitals such as Jersey City Medical Center, Meadowlands Hospital, and Christ Hospital by decreasing Indigent and Charity Care admissions by 27% in 2008 and 2009;
  • Complied unevenly, at best, with its current Certification of Need requirements; and
  • Created a hostile work environment that has included the lock-out of all employees in the summer of 2009.

Indeed, pursuant to a recent national survey (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) only 38% of Bayonne patients stated that they would “definitely recommend” the Hospital to others.

On the foregoing track record, we believe that the owners of Bayonne Medical Center do not deserve and have not “earned” the right to operate a second New Jersey hospital.

This is a local decision that will have statewide impact. The prospective purchaser of Hoboken University Medical Center must hold a regional perspective, be willing to coordinate with other neighboring hospitals in Hudson County, and adopt policies and practices that expand access, reduce costs, and keep the hospital accountable to the community. The operators of Bayonne do not meet this standard and we urge the Hoboken Municipal Hospital Authority to actively seek operators who have these goals in mind.

Petition Letter

“Stop the sale of Hoboken’s hospital to a for-profit with a questionable track record!”

Greetings,

The sale of Hoboken’s hospital is underway, and the universe of stakeholders–patients, MDs, nurses, employees, payers, unions, nearby hospitals, and local businesses–are asking for the support and influence of the Governor’s office and the Department of Health and Senior Services to reject Hoboken Municipal Hospital Authority’s CON application to sell Hoboken UMC to a group of investors currently operating Bayonne Medical Center. We are asking for this intervention in this decision because we believe the propose sale is “likely to result in the deteriation in the quality, availability or accessability of health services” in Hoboken and other Hudson County communitties. Furthermore, we question whether the selection process was fair, unbiased, and transparent in accordance with principles that should govern the sale of a public hospital. residents are not adversley impacted and the transaction preserves the quality, affordability and access to health care services.

This decision will impact the citizens and tax payers in Hoboken and the surrounding communities that rely on HUMC for their health care, jobs and commerce. The decision will have a huge impact on the Hudson County’s health system and also have a sizable impact on NJ’s state budget given the explosive incremental cost associated with the Bayonne business model.

The stakes are high and the time to intervene is now. Please support us on this important matter.

Renee Steinhagen
Executive Director
NJ Appleseed

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20 Comments on "Petition to stop HUMC Sale"


Member
HearditallB4
4 years 2 months ago

Finally someone has had the good sense to get to the bottom of this non-transparent deal! Since it is a publicly owned facility, the speed and silence in which this sale was conducted leaves many unanswered questions in the minds of the Hoboken residents. While Hoboken needs a hospital, I’ve heard enough about this from many different sources that this is NOT the best deal for the facility. I am very concerned about this and am very glad that Hoboken 411 has kept the residents informed of the latest developments of the sale.

Member
HearditallB4
4 years 2 months ago

IA! I don’t expect intervention from any government entities either but if it is as you say it isn’t a bad thing to look into. It may be because proper procedure was not followed that the sale could be held up, not sure but it doesn’t hurt to question the legalities involved. Once again your observations are on target, IMPO.

Member
Hobbes
4 years 2 months ago

What’s up with the stripper cop in the picture? She’s unrelated to the hospital.

You need to use a stripper nurse next time… Or, maybe not use strippers at all in your images.

Just a thought.

Member
4th Ward Guardian
4 years 2 months ago

Stripper cop might be the only way to get the average taxpayer’s attention to how they’re being fleeced. Pictures of Zimmer’s hospital board ain’t gettin’ it done. If Cappiello, Russo or Roberts ever tried to pulled a job like this there people would be in the streets screaming bloody murder. Think about it: cronies appointed by Zimmer to a closed board that negotiates with only ONE bidder before closing a smoke-and-mirrors real estate deal that will lead to St. Mary Condos on The Park in 7 years! If a stripper cop gets more people to notice what’s going on that’s fine with me.[quote comment=”208099″]What’s up with the stripper cop in the picture? She’s unrelated to the hospital.You need to use a stripper nurse next time… Or, maybe not use strippers at all in your images.Just a thought.[/quote]

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whineanddineinhob
4 years 2 months ago

The city council can’t even get anyone on this board to tell them what’s going on. And to think that the zimmer team of Tamarazzo (who vowed transparency to be on the board) and Kurta (another loser) are in the deal makings for this huge sum of money is frightening. Hopefully negotiations can be stalled or cancelled by this petition until this administration is out of office. If any of you think for one minute that this sale will result in a tax relief for you by this administration, you will once again be duped. Seems Zimmer desperately needs this money for something not being disclosed.[quote comment=”208104″]Stripper cop might be the only way to get the average taxpayer’s attention to how they’re being fleeced. Pictures of Zimmer’s hospital board ain’t gettin’ it done. If Cappiello, Russo or Roberts ever tried to pulled a job like this there people would be in the streets screaming bloody murder. Think about it: cronies appointed by Zimmer to a closed board that negotiates with only ONE bidder before closing a smoke-and-mirrors real estate deal that will lead to St. Mary Condos on The Park in 7 years! If a stripper cop gets more people to notice what’s going on that’s fine with me.[/quote]

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HearditallB4
4 years 2 months ago

JMPO but the “stripper cop” is a subliminal message relating to the SWAT team debacle in New Orleans and the possible re-instatement of one of the key members of the police that was involved. The amount of $ from the sale may possibly be used to plug the holes in the 2011-12 budget. Not sure, JMPO of course, but if there is anything illegal with the transaction it will certainly be found out; or at least I hope it will. 😛 [quote comment=”208099″]What’s up with the stripper cop in the picture? She’s unrelated to the hospital.You need to use a stripper nurse next time… Or, maybe not use strippers at all in your images.Just a thought.[/quote]

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whineanddineinhob
4 years 2 months ago

I’ll be signing up to stop the sale. It’s very frightening to know 2 mayor cronies like Tony Tamarazzo (who vowed transparency) and Eric Kurta (a loser) are involved with this closed door sale for this huge amount of money. If residents think for one minute that this crazed mayor has tax relief for residents on her mind, you’ll be duped again for the hundredth time. Seems to me, she’s in a desperate need for these closing monies for a reason not being disclosed (as usual).