Friday, July 30, 2010

A real world plan for Hoboken's only hospital

City of Hoboken announces:


PROGRESS MADE TOWARDS PRIVATIZING HOBOKEN UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER

On Wednesday, the Hoboken Municipal Hospital Authority took an important step forward toward ensuring that HobokenUniversity Medical Center continues to provide acute care hospital services.

The Authority, an autonomous public entity with nine community members, unanimously approved a Request for Proposal to solicit plans for the potential transfer of the hospital from city auspices.  Responses to the RFP are due back within a specified time frame, and an ad hoc committee comprised of a diverse group of individuals that represent a broad base of interested constituents, including Commissioners, physicians, and hospital staff, is being formed to review the submissions. The RFP will be posted shortly on the HUMC web site, as well as the City’s web site. 

“I congratulate the Commissioners for moving us towards the shared goal of ensuring that the hospital remains in Hoboken as a thriving acute care facility that provides valuable services and jobs to our community,” said Mayor Zimmer, an ex officio Commissioner. “Privatization will bring us one step closer to stabilizing our hospital’s finances and removing Hoboken taxpayers from the $52 million bond guarantee.” 

“Mayor Zimmer inherited a complex set of legacy hospital issues and has aggressively addressed them,” said Authority Chairperson Toni Tomarazzo. “The Mayor developed a consensus around privatization as a shared vision for maintaining access to hospital care, and making quality metrics as important as financial performance.”

The continued success of the hospital is critical not only to Hoboken, but to the entire region and state. On Thursday a new and expanded Senior Treatment & Evaluation Program (STEP) Unit opened to provide integrated behavioral health care to meet the psychiatric and medical needs of seniors. This service sets Hoboken apart in Hudson County and puts it on the forefront of providing essential integrated care for seniors. 

“The physicians, employees and management team of Hoboken UMC have worked hard not only to provide quality care but also to increase the value of the hospital,” said Hospital CEO Spiros Hatiras. “We appreciate the support of Mayor Zimmer and the Authority members as we pursue our common goal of maintaining an acute care hospital in Hoboken.”

Mayor Zimmer is soliciting resumes from Hoboken residents interested in filling a recently-vacated Authority position. Applications are available from the City Clerk’s office at 201-420-2070 or j.lore@hobokennj.org.



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