JERSEY CITY, NJ - Seeking to find solutions to the looming hospital crisis in Hudson County, the Hudson County Board of Freeholders has signed on to a zoning plan that was first adopted in Hoboken to save help save Hoboken Medical Center.
The freeholders hope to save Christ Hospital, one of three CarePoint hospitals that are said to be teetering on the brink of closure.
CarePoint rescued Christ Hospital, along with Bayonne Medical Center and what was then St Mary's Hospital in Hoboken, a decade ago when all three were on the verge of bankruptcy.
In October 2019, CarePoint Health disclosed that it was selling Christ Hospital and its hospital in Hoboken to RWJBarnabas and was in the process of seeking a provider for the Bayonne facility as well. The sale was supposed to have taken place in December.
“However, negotiations between RWJBarnabas and CarePoint have reached an impasse,” the freeholder resolution stated. “Now local officials have publicly expressed concern that Christ Hospital and Hoboken Medical Center may close.”
The impasse has caused Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop to call for state intervention and the Bayonne City Council established a hospital authority to protect the license of the Bayonne Medical Center.
The Freeholders, fearing that thousands of Jersey City and Hoboken residents may lose access to healthcare if the hospitals were to close, not to mention the loss of thousands of jobs, said they will support the rezoning of a hospital district in Hoboken and are asking the Jersey City Council to do the same to protect Christ Hospital locally.
The district would restrict the use of these properties for hospital use only.
“Christ Hospital has been delivering healthcare to Hudson County for more than 140 years,” the freeholder resolution stated. “The acute care facility offers a full spectrum of services including a state-certified stroke center.”
“We need to alert the Jersey City Council to this action and to have them sign off on it as well,” said Freeholder Bill O’Dea.
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