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Englewood hospital will lay off 96 in home health services unit

Englewood Hospital and Medical Center said 96 of its employees are affected by its decision to transfer its home health and hospice service to a joint venture with Visiting Nurse Association Health Group Inc., effective Oct. 1. 

Englewood Hospital and Medical Center said 96 of its employees are affected by its decision to transfer its home health and hospice service to a joint venture with Visiting Nurse Association Health Group Inc., effective Oct. 1. 

Of the 96 employees, 27 are registered nurses who are eligible to transition into jobs with the joint venture or with the hospital, according to the nurses’ union, Health Professionals and Allied Employees Local 5004. A hospital representative said those 27 RNs are part of the union bargaining unit of 721 RNs employed by Englewood.

“As a result of this joint venture, RNs will have the opportunity to remain with the hospital, or be given the opportunity to work with the new joint venture. We are in discussions now about establishing a contract for the RNs who choose to work with the joint venture,” said Jeanne Otersen, spokeswoman for the HPAE.

Englewood said the joint venture will provide home health and hospice services in Bergen County. Visiting Nurse Association operates one of the largest home health agency networks in the United States, and has “significant experience and an outstanding reputation in the provision of management services in the home health field,” according to a statement from Englewood. 

This fall, Englewood “will no longer be the employer of the home care team, as the joint venture will manage the entity going forward,” the statement said. “Each staff member may pursue employment opportunities with this new organization or with” Englewood.

Beth Fitzgerald

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