EAST ORANGE, NJ  — Otis L. Story, the new CEO of East Orange General Hospital, outlined plans for the future of the hospital during his first address to community leaders.

At a hospital event Wednesday, Story thanked local elected officials and community leaders for supporting the hospital’s transition of ownership to Prospect Medical Holdings Inc. Prospect’s acquisition became final last month.

“We are excited that after the two-year process the partnership between East Orange General Hospital and Prospect Medical Holdings officially has begun,” Story said. “Together we begin a new era and build on the 100-year-history of our hospital.”

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Story outlined investments already made in East Orange General Hospital, such as the new laboratory information system, which will speed test results and other diagnostic information to patients and their care providers.

He also mentioned the purchase of new state-of-the art beds, which use the latest technology to keep patients safe and comfortable while reducing falls and pressure ulcers.

More than 80  people attended the event, including East Orange Mayor Lester E. Taylor, Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver, Assemblyman Thomas Giblin,  East Orange City Council Chairman Ted Green, City Council members and Tom Puryear, NAACP President of the Orange-Maplewood Chapter.  Clergy members attended as well as leaders from other sectors of the community attended, such as the East Orange Historical Society, the Rotary Club.

Story told those present that the hospital is investing in its dedicated employees. The salary of every employee has been examined and increases have been made to bring salaries up to market rates.

Since he took over as CEO, Story has met employees, patients and physicians through a series of forums. He said he considers his relationship to the community and its leaders critical to the hospital’s success.

Prospect operates hospitals, physician networks, clinics, and outpatient centers in four states, and has experience working with community hospitals similar to EOGH.  Prospect is committed to a model that coordinates care between the hospital, physicians and health plans.

“I truly believe that our partnership with Prospect Medical Holdings Inc. will benefit the hospital and the communities we serve,” Story said. “I want to thank you all for your patience and unwavering support during the lengthy approval process. I am eager to work with our dedicated hospital staff as well as our committed community members. I know I can count on your support as we move forward on this incredible mission.”

About East Orange General Hospital: 

East Orange General Hospital is East Orange’s largest private employer and Essex County’s only independent, fully accredited, acute-care hospital.  Serving the community for more than a century, East Orange General recently expanded its services and is continually adding new equipment and programs to provide the highest level of quality and compassionate patient care.  Specialty areas include: Same Day Surgery, Physical Rehabilitation, Behavioral Health, Family Health, Emergency Medicine, Outpatient Hemodialysis, Hyperbaric/Wound Management, Vascular and Medical/Surgical Services.