St Mary Hospital

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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106 Responses

  1. honcho says:

    Thank God for Our Jersey City Hospital!!!!!!!!!

    Cops: Man cracked over the head with pipe
    by Charles Hack and Keenan Steiner
    Monday August 20, 2007, 3:17 PM

    A man was left in critical condition last night in Hoboken after he was hit in the head with a three-foot metal pipe, according to police reports.

    Responding to reports of an assault, police arrived at Washington and First streets around 5:30 p.m. to find a crowd surrounding a heavyset male who was lying on his stomach with blood pouring from his head on, reports said.

    A witness reported seeing the victim follow a 6-foot man with short grayish hair wearing blue jeans and a black shirt just before the assault, police said.

    After a verbal dispute, other witnesses reported seeing the man crack the victim on the back of the head with a pipe, police said. The suspect then fled the scene and headed west on Observer Highway, reports said.

    Witnesses who know both men say the attacker is homeless, according to reports. Police are investigating.

    The victim was treated for head trauma at the Jersey City Medical Center and was in critical condition yesterday. He is now conscious and alert in the Intensive Care Unit, police said.

    Why do we need HUMC?????????????
    Chop!Chop!
    😳

  2. cityofcin says:

    honcho-bottom line is we don’t need HUMC. It’s a racket..

  3. NickAdams says:

    I had an out-patient procedure done very recently at Hoboken University Medical Center and I thought I’d share my perception that the service I received was excellent.

    All of the staff, from the receptionist to the registration staff to the nursing staff and the physicians were polite, professional, and very attentive. The nurses were especially professional, caring and supportive.

    I also noticed that the place seemed immaculate and was not overcrowded. Based on my experience, I would not hesitate to recommend this hospital.

    I have no connection whatsoever with the hospital or anyone who works there.

  4. citygirl says:

    Thank you Nick. for the humc advertisement! :mrgreen:

  5. honcho says:

    Joan Q where are you???? Care to comment????? Where is Baby What’s His Name Drew Who Is Supposedly In Charge!!!!

    N.J. Doctor’s License Suspended for Lung Error

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey surgeon’s medical license was suspended after state regulators found he removed the wrong lung from a patient, then tried to conceal the error.

    The State Board of Medical Examiners found Dr. Santusht Perera moved a portion of the patient’s right lung when he should have been removing a tumor in the left lung, the state Attorney General’s Office said Wednesday.

    Perera, according to the board, then told the patient that the right lung contained a life-threatening tumor, though there was no such growth. He also altered the patient’s records to show he intended to operate on the right lung.

    The board determined that Perera’s actions constituted gross negligence.

    The board said the “tragic error” could have been prevented if Dr. Perera had taken “the most basic and minimal of actions that should be taken by a surgeon in advance of surgery.”

    Perera, who practices at Hoboken University Medical Center, was assessed $81,000 in fines and reimbursement costs.

    Chop!Chop!
    :mrgreen:

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