Community hospitals have been the cornerstone of health for over a century in New Jersey. Unfortunately, in the past decade we have seen the health care industry transformed resulting in a decrease in these stand-alone hospitals and smaller systems consolidated into bigger ones. Despite the shadow of a pandemic, we have seen record levels of hospital closures, which is an alarming trend across the country.
CarePoint Health’s hospitals have had to face these challenges but emerged stronger than ever and proven to be an essential safety net of enormous value as recognized nationally by numerous health care groups. Our three hospitals, Hoboken University Medical Center, Bayonne Medical Center and Christ Hospital, have saved thousands of lives over the last year and half and as we reach the critical vaccination levels in this country and we begin to surface from the pandemic, I felt the need to tell our story.
In less than a year since I took over the leadership of the hospital system I have been amazed at the resilience and the dedication of the staff, the depth of clinical talent and the potential. With this I have also recognized the direction the hospital needs to take. We have since moved at breakneck speed to change the trajectory to what we felt was necessary – to keep the hospitals vibrant and the community served with the best possible care.
The first step we took was to negotiate with all major payers to get in network. By Aug. 1, 2021, all the hospitals and providers will be in-network. In addition to implementing modern methodologies we are building the basis of basic health care to serve the community. This begins with the foundation of a personalized health care model with an eye on preventive care as well as to provide any therapeutic intervention when needed, tailored to each individual as well as their family. We will accomplish our vision through the new Center of Innovation to transform patient and provider experience across inpatient and outpatient settings and establish a Center for Personalized Medicine.
The innovation center will model the myriad software available into a single portal to provide a care continuum and partner with payers for a value-based care model focusing as much on prevention as the cure. We are also building our primary care network with an aim to reach each patient to their point of care which eventually will be their home.
We have hired and will continue to attract leading colorectal, endocrine, spine and joint, sports, urology, ENT and general surgeons with an emphasis on minimally invasive and blood conservation surgery. This is to provide our primary care doctors easy access to subspecialities to direct their patients. Additionally, CarePoint has entered into critical collaborations with leading health care partners, such as the Rothman Orthopaedic Institute and a soon-to-be announced partnership with a nationally acclaimed cardiac program.
Our team achieved this during the COVID-19 pandemic, which unleashed an unprecedented level of stress on our nation’s health care system. This global crisis brought out the best in our physicians and staff who have worked tirelessly and courageously. CarePoint Health treated more than 2,500 COVID patients with state-of-the-art medicine, established the first COVID care clinic to give follow-up care in the region, and has vaccinated nearly 30,000 people to date. Because of our team’s ability to respond and adapt under extreme conditions, multiple hospitals from across the region transferred COVID-positive patients into CarePoint Health’s care.
All of this progress and innovation will further cement CarePoint Health’s distinguished place in delivering top quality health care and leading-edge services across Hudson County and the region. It also serves as a crucial reminder of the importance of preserving and supporting our community hospitals throughout America.
Dr. Achintya Moulick is the CEO of CarePoint Health System.