BAYONNE, NJ - City officials confirmed that WTFK Propco, an LLC created by Alaris Health owner Avery Eisenreich, the owner of more than 20 nursing homes in northern New Jersey, has purchased the property Bayonne Medical Center sits on. The deed change is said to have occured on November 11.
Eisenreich had a previously adversarial legal relationship with the original owners of Bayonne Medical Center over the purchase of property adjacent to BMC along Broadway. Eisenreich had planned to build a nursing home on the property next to the hospital.
IJKG of Iselin – which later became CarePoint -- purchased the hospital in February 2008 to run as a private hospital and was not involved in the legal dispute. The former telephone building was demolished but work on the nursing home did not advance, despite approvals for some aspects by the Bayonne Planning Board.
“What we are most concerned about is that this Bayonne Medical Center remain a hospital,” said Councilman Gary LaPelusa, who confirmed that discussions were underway between the two entities.
According to reports, WTFK Propco has already purchased the two properties.
LaPelusa said Mayor Jimmy Davis has been apprised of this situation.
In October CarePoint announced that it had reached an agreement to sell two of their hospitals in Hoboken and Jersey City to RWJ Barnabas, and were seeking a “strategic partner” for the Bayonne Medical Center.
The Bayonne City Council is expected to pass an ordinance establishing a Municipal Hospital Authority to take control of the license in order to maintain the site as a hospital, and on Saturday volunteers, led by Davis, were expected to take to the streets to seek signatures on a petition protect operations at the local hospital that has provided care to generations of local residents for over 100 years.
“Our main concern is that the site continues to be used for a hospital,” LaPelusa repeated.
Editor's Note- Updated for clarity at 9:31 a.m.
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