Tuesday, December 22, 2009

$7 Million for HUMC!

In the best possible Christmas gift Hoboken could have hoped to receive, HUMC has just been awarded $7 million from the State of NJ.  The effort was apparently coordinated between Gov. Corzine and Gov.-elect Christie. This is far more than MSV had hoped but we're sure many people will share in a better Christmas as a result.  More  to follow....

Update: 5:45 - the release from the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services lists the awards to hospitals across the State.  Here's the criteria listed by the State:

Applications were evaluated based on the following criteria:  

    • Hospital faced closure or significant reduction of services
    • Extraordinary circumstances threatened access to essential health care services for residents in a community
    • The hospital serves a significant number of uninsured, underinsured and/or Medicaid patients
    • The hospital has demonstrated efforts to make efficiencies and improve facility management and governance
    • There is a reasonable likelihood that the health care services funded through the grant will be sustained after the grant funding ends
    • Impact of updating Medicaid inpatient rates

Related:  NJ.com also has posted the story.  It's notable that Jersey City did well with the grants including Christ Hospital.

City Hall just presented the news;

2010 Budget Compilation

The Wile E. Coyote has put together an accelerated starter program of the Finance Director, Nick Trisante's presentation on the introductory budget to the City Council.  It's a reduced time snapshot and no, Nick doesn't really talk that fast but the audio sounds much cleaner.  The Wile E Coyote saved you 12 minutes.  Thank him later.

Now serving...

City Hall released the following information on the weekend H1N1 vaccinations:

Hundreds Vaccinated at City’s H1N1 (Swine Flu) Clinic Held at HUMC

Hundreds of people took advantage of the City of Hoboken’s H1N1 (Swine Flu) Vaccination Clinic, which was held at the Hoboken University Medical Center (HUMC) on Saturday, December 19th, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. “The people who put this clinic together should be commended,” said Anthony Oland, who came to get vaccinated along with his two-year-old son Charlie, five-year-old daughter Isabella, and wife Susan Icklan. “Everyone is so professional and attentive.” The clinic was the latest event in the City’s ongoing efforts to help vaccinate members of the community against the H1N1 (Swine Flu) virus.