Thursday, November 17, 2011

NJ Citizen Action Launches Community Petition Drive

In response to the proposed sale of Christ Hospital to a for profit company, New Jersey Citizen Action launched a petition drive to protect the mission of the community hospital.

“The people of Jersey City need to know that Christ Hospital, its services, and our health care providers will always be here for our families,” said Jersey City resident Paulette M. Eberle, Co-Chair of New Jersey Citizen Action (NJCA), the state's largest citizen watchdog coalition.

"That's why a team of NJCA canvassers will be talking to Jersey City families about the sale," continued Eberle. "It's OUR hospital. It's been a pillar of the community for nearly 140 years. We need to make sure decisions are made with the input of residents instead of behind closed doors."

New Jersey Citizen Action is the State’s largest, independent citizen watchdog coalition representing 100 affiliated and allied organizations and 60,000 family members. For more, see their Press Release.
 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Save Christ Hospital

For 139 years, residents of Jersey City, Hoboken, Union City, Weehawken, and North Bergen have depended on Christ Hospital for quality healthcare, including urgent and acute care.

That is called into question by the hospital's proposed sale to a for-profit hospital chain. The hospital and its prospective buyer, Prime Healthcare, have asked the state to expedite its mandated review so that they can close a deal by the end of the year. But Prime Healthcare has refused to make any commitments about the kinds of service it will provide, the number and kinds of jobs it will keep, or what parts of Christ Hospital's valuable real estate it will retain for community use.

We ask that the NJ Attorney General and the NJ Department of Health NOT grant expedited status to their review of the sale, but give full review, with transparency and accountability to our community, and with conditions that will protect access to quality health care and services and the jobs of Christ Hospital workers.