attorneyreading.jpg3/23/2007 Update:

The lawyers for HUMC have have indicated that several comments made by a poster were false and want them removed. At their request, I’ve removed them at the present time.

My questions are:

1. Is it right that taxpayer money is being spent on lawyers strong-arming little ‘ole Hoboken411?
2. Are their insinuations correct that 5 comments on Hoboken411 are affecting people’s decision to use the hospital or not?

Here’s the link to the PDF request from Jackson Lewis Attorneys At Law, and read the complaint below:

Dear Sir or Madam,

We are attorneys for Hoboken University Medical Center f/k/a St. Mary’s Hospital (“HUMC”). HUMC is aware that your website, www.hoboken411.com, contains a link to a message board entitled “St. Mary’s Hospital.” In response to a March 18, 2007 posting by an individual identified as “J-” with an email address of jayernsmh@aol.com., the message board contains numerous statements from various individuals. “J-” also refers readers of the message board to her squarespace account at “jayernsmh.squarespace.com.”

HUMC considers the posts in the referenced thread to either contain or reference false information which HUMC believes to be defamatory, or statements designed to interfere with HUMC’s patient relationships and mission. J-’s statements on the St. Mary’s Hospital message board on www. hoboken411.com are currently message numbers 1, 2, 11, 12, and 28. Message number 11 refers to HUMC and states “if anyone wants to take their chances at that hospital, remember it is your child’s life you are putting in their dirty hands.” Message number 12 also contains similarly inappropriate statements.

Further, J-’s link on www.hoboken411.com to her jayernsmh.squarespace.com journal refers readers to additional defamatory and inappropriate statements about HUMC. The jayersmh.squarespace.com link contains outrageous statements about HUMC, including, but not limited to, statements that there are “dead infant demises found decomposing in a supply closet,” and that “dirty uncapped needles and needle caps” are found in infant beds and ignored by HUMC. J- also invites readers to contact her, where she undoubtedly continues her campaign of libel and slander against HUMC, including through www.hoboken411.com.

Unfortunately, your “St. Mary’s Hospital” message board has become a forum for numerous personal, defamatory, and libelous attacks, with a markedly disturbing tone in many instances. These statements may subject J- and other individuals posting on your message board to liability. Additionally, it appears clear from other messages that patients are being affected by these false and defamatory comments, and are avoiding HUMC.

We want you to be aware of HUMC’s concern over the defamatory and inappropriate nature of the referenced statements posted on or accessible through your message board. To that end, we strongly urge you pursuant to paragraph II(3)(C) and (D) of your User Agreement to immediately remove from the site all messages posted by J-, and to refrain from including postings by J- concerning HUMC in the future.

HUMC believes it knows the identity of J-, and will take all actions necessary to protect its interests and those of its patients and employees. Your cooperation with the above request may avoid involving your website in any such action.

Attached for your convenience is a letter from this firm containing the same request. We look forward to your prompt response to this request Should you wish to discuss this matter, please feel free to contact me. Thank you.

DAVID M. WALSH
JACKSON LEWIS LLP
220 HEADQUARTERS PLAZA
EAST TOWER, 7TH FLOOR
MORRISTOWN, NEW JERSEY 07960-6834
walshd@jacksonlewis.com
(973) 538-6890 (phone)
(973) 540-9015 (fax)

Read more about the old hospital below and see some pictures, etc.

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February 2007:
Has recently changed to “Hoboken University Medical Center” (HUMC.) See related article.

Hospital – Bon Secours Health System

Description – Founded in 1863, St. Mary Hospital is an acute care medical/surgical hospital with specialties in maternal health, gynecology, perinatology, neonatology, pediatrics, emergency services, surgical services, same-day testing and treatment, rehabilitation, behavioral health, cardio-pulmonary services, oncology, and family medicine. St. Mary Hospital also offers a number of on-site specialized boutique services including the Anthony C. Corea Center for Cardiac Rehabilitation, the Center for Endocrinology and Metabolic Disorders, the Center for Pain Management, the Swallowing Center, and the Prenatal Diagnostic Center. Off-site services include the Center for Family Health, the Community Mental Health Center, and F.A.I.T.H. (Franciscan AIDS Initiative to Help) Services.
Services – Hospital, Emergency room
Website – www.bonsecoursnj.com
Address – 308 Willow Ave, Hoboken, New Jersey ( NJ ) 07030-3808
Telephone – (201) 418-1000

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