BAYONNE, NJ - Keeping the pressure on key decision makers to ensure the future of Bayonne Medical Center, Mayor Jimmy Davis, Senator Sandra B. Cunningham, and Assembly members Nicholas A. Chiaravalloti and Angela V. McKnight met with State Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli on Thursday.
The meeting, according to a statement released by Davis, was to discuss the “major health crisis” that would be caused by the closure of the local hospital that has provided care to generations of local residents for over 100 years.
“Commissioner Persichilli understands the urgency of this situation and several unique factors that make saving our hospital absolutely critical,” Davis, who at a press conference he called on Monday demanded a “a seat at the table” in any further discussions that impact the health of the community he leads, said.
“She is aware we will do everything in our power to keep Bayonne Medical Center open and that this fight is only just beginning.”
On Tuesday CarePoint Health announced that they had reached an agreement to sell Hoboken University Medical Center and Christ Hospital in Jersey City to RWJ Barnabas Health and were seeking a “strategic partner” for the Bayonne Medical Center.
During the 90 minute meeting, the statement read, Davis stressed that losing an acute care hospital in Bayonne would deprive residents of vital healthcare services, and, with the travel time to Jersey City Medical Center, the next closest hospital, up to an hour during peak traffic time, put their lives at risk during medical emergencies.
“We appreciate Commissioner Persichilli for taking the time to meet with us today,” Chiaravalloti added in the statement. “It’s very clear that she shares our concern for the healthcare needs of our city and county. We are confident the Department of Health is monitoring this situation very closely.”
Asked about the meeting a spokesperson for Persichilli confirmed that it took place adding only that “access to health care is always a concern for the Department of Health.
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