New York Times: Dismay at Plan to Shut 2 Newark Hospitals

New York Times: Dismay at Plan to Shut 2 Newark Hospitals

Mayor Cory A. Booker and other city officials described the closings as a betrayal and said the loss of medical services and jobs — an estimated 1,200 positions are at stake — would have a dire effect on a city already struggling to keep its head above water. He accused Catholic Health East, the company taking over the three-hospital system, of misleading city officials into believing that St. James and Columbus would stay open, albeit with significant restructuring.

“We’re angry, anguished, frustrated and fired up,” Mr. Booker said in a City Hall news conference on Friday, where he was flanked by a dozen elected officials. “We feel the citizens of Newark have been disrespected by having no communication, no public forums, no planning and no vision.”

Frustration continues, but plans fail to materialize to save the hospitals that serve thousands of Newarkers in the North and East wards.

Author: Ken Walker

Husband, Father, Newarker, PCA Elder, Business Analyst. In a glass case of emotion since 1978.

3 thoughts on “New York Times: Dismay at Plan to Shut 2 Newark Hospitals”

  1. KEEP ST JAMES OPEN:
    The hospital has announced March 15th as their closing date. The selling process is not complete, there must be a certificate of need and a list of other permits. However, employees have already been handed their pink slips and only 14 nursing jobs will be transferable. 500 jobs in general will be lost and the Ironbound will lost their emergency room and several more local medical services. Last year alone the hospital has 20,000 visits. The buyers/sellers will get away with this illegal selling process because the law has no teeth; no one goes to jail, no one pays a fine, no one feels any repercussion.That is, no one except community members. Even your wallet will feel an impact because the state has promised your tax dollars to bailout Catheral, the current management, with a double-digit, multi-million dollar deal and community members will not receive one benefit from this!
    ALL HOPE IS NOT LOST!
    Community members are organizing support, clergy has met along with community stakeholders, local politicians have been contacted. We must press politicians to do something!
    SATURDAY, JANUARY 19th, 10:00am ST JAMES HOSPITAL
    WE NEED COMMUNITY PRESENCE TO PRESS THE LOCAL AND STATE POLITICIANS TO KEEP ST JAMES HOSPITAL OPEN!!!

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