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.