More on the HUMC “award”


I knew someone would chime in on this!

An anonymous Hoboken411 reader shares his interesting viewpoint on yesterday’s congratulatory full-page HUMC ad that appeared in a local magazine:

Spin Doctors give themselves an award

“I checked NJBIZ and it does appear that Hoboken University Medical Center has won the Healthcare Heroes of the year award. The Hoboken award is on page 12.


Here is the blurb on the award:

The second annual NJBIZ Healthcare Hero Awards program was developed to honor the efforts of individuals and organizations making a significant impact on the quality of healthcare in New Jersey. The Healthcare Hero Awards are divided into nine categories: Corporate Achievement Hero, Education Hero, Hospital of the Year, Innovation Hero, Nurse of the Year, Nursing Home/Assisted Living Facility of the Year, Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Center of the Year, Physician of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.

“During the nomination process, companies and individuals nominated themselves or others. Nominees were then asked to describe their heroic actions based on the category description”. To be eligible, individual nominees must work in New Jersey and organization nominees must have offices in the state. They could not be a member of the judges’ panel, a member of a judge’s immediate family or a previous Healthcare Heroes award winner.

In other words the spin doctors at the HUMC they are able to say what they did to improve the Hospital and get an award. How carefully are the entries cross-checked for validity? To me this sounds like a pat yourself on the back award and the winner is whoever can spin the best story.

Now lets be real, progress has perhaps been made, how it could not after getting $52 million dollars. However the jury is still out on the long term prospects of this institution given the cash flow issues earlier this year. I don’t forget that process that created this quasi-governmental agency was not a transparent process (taxpayers were left out) and while I support trying to save the hospital I don’t think the Citizens of Hoboken should have to back the whole bond. More than half of the patients are from outside Hoboken. Let’s get other areas of the county to help back the bond.

This award is more of a PR thing. I just hope there is some substance behind it instead of ribbons, little information, zero transparency and secret handshakes that have been the trademarks of the Robert’s Administration.

Don’t get me wrong, I want the hospital to succeed but a little more transparency might take away the skepticism I have given the performance of other hospitals in NJ as well as the Mayor’s track record of openness and competency in assessing government financials.”

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[quote comment=”100221″]Can a stock holder of Pepsi, just go in and get a look at the books anytime he/she wants? I’m not sure, but I think you more or less have to wait for quarterly reports…no?[/quote]No, actually. It depends on the laws of the state of incorporation, but generally speaking, stockholders have the right to inspect a corporation’s books and records for any proper purpose (which is construed pretty broadly).


For anyone interested,

There is a public monthly meeting For the HUMC Hospital Authority, Here is the 2008 schedule:

All meetings are open to the public and will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays in Hoboken University Medical Center, Assumption Hall as follows:

January 23, 2008
February 27, 2008
March 26, 2008
April 30, 2008
May 28, 2008
June 25, 2008
July 23, 2008 (Annual Meeting)
No meeting in August
September 24, 2008
October 22, 2008
November 26, 2008
December 10, 2008


I agree I think it is a PR campaign that is quite indicative of Hoboken. I am a former employee that was not called back after the initial lay-off and each time I applied for another position I was given “the run around” though they did hire my husband in a maintenance capacity (he holds a degree in Business Management with vast experience in Finance). I do agree also that many major corporations give a financial report card at the end of the fiscal year, it is your choice whether to invest in said corporation or not. My feelings are that the taxpayers of Hoboken while supporting the hospital for their medical needs were given no choice but to accept the tax increase that will go along with keeping the institution open. I have moved on to another corporation to a better job and I am not sorry anymore that I was not called back, and when I have to go into the hospital though I still have many good acquaintances I still can’t figure out why with my work record and expertise I can’t even get an interview. So I agree it is totally unfair that the taxpayers must endure yet another slur by the Roberts Administration. 😥


Biffy — I can choose not to buy Pepsi stock if I don’t like their policies regarding information to shareholders. I can’t choose not to pay taxes if I don’t like the government’s policies regarding information to constituents on where the public funds are going.

Biffy B For Mayor
Biffy B For Mayor

Ive thought about this a while and while I dont think the public is quite accpting of the idea yet — I think more communities or counties should have to support hospitals and fund their existance. With that said, I also feel that even though there is a public funded institution, its records should not be made public for just anyone to go in and look at.

Can a stock holder of Pepsi, just go in and get a look at the books anytime he/she wants? I’m not sure, but I think you more or less have to wait for quarterly reports…no?

I wonder if these “social hospitals” would have an affect on medical costs all around…

Ps. dont be scared off by “social”