Prompted by concerns that two Hudson County hospitals could be in danger of closing, legislators asked Gov. Phil Murphy to cancel the Hoboken University Medical Center (HUMC) and Bayonne Medical Center (BMC) land sales to Alaris Health and its owner Avery Eisenreich.
NJ.com reported on Tuesday that Hudson County’s state legislators called on the governor to invalidate the HUMC and BMC land sales to the owner of a nursing home that is part of a multi-pronged plan to forestall the closing of the two hospitals.
According to NJ.com, in a letter sent to Murphy earlier this week, three state senators and six assembly members requested that the Murphy administration intervene in negotiations that have left the future of CarePoint Health’s three hospitals in the county unclear.
Late last year, Avery Eisenreich, the owner of the Alaris Health nursing homes, purchased the BMC site and a 70 percent share of the HUMC property.
The NJ.com story states that the letter asserts that Christ Hospital and Bayonne Medical are close to bankruptcy.
A deal for RWJBarnabas Health to assume operations of Christ hospital and Hoboken’s hospital has been delayed.
Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop met with state Sens. Brian Stack, D-33rd District, and Sandra Cunningham, D-31st District, as well as representatives of the hospitals and Alaris.
In the letter, Sens. Nicholas Sacco, D-32nd District, Stack and Cunningham, and Assembly members Raj Mukherji, D-33rd District, Annette Chaparro, D-33rd District, Angela McKnight, D-31st District, Pedro Mejia, D-32nd District, Nicholas Chiaravalloti, D-31st District, and Angelica Jimenez, D-32nd District, said that at this juncture, “It is clear we need you and your administration to take aggressive action to assure the survival of these hospitals and access to quality health care for the residents of Hudson County.”
The letter calls on the governor to appoint state financial monitors for BMC and HUMC. It also requests the state appoint receivers for Christ Hospital and BMC. Receivers manage an institution’s finances while it is in bankruptcy.
“The impact of closing one or more of these facilities in the Hudson County community would result in a devastating loss of health care access for thousands of individuals and families,” the letter says. “We believe that Hudson County needs all three facilities to stay open and fully operational.”
At press time Fulop, Stack, Cunningham and Chiaravalloti did not respond to NJBIZ’s request for comment.