Sunday, December 18, 2011

Protecting the Future of Christ Hospital

For nearly 140 years the residents of Jersey City and surrounding communities have been relying on Christ Hospital and its dedicated staff for safe and effective health care. Each year, the staff helps deliver more than 1200 babies; cares for over 8000 hospitalized adults and nearly 600 hospitalized children; treats more than 45,000 residents in the Emergency Room; and provides the largest inpatient pediatric service in Hudson County.

Christ Hospital belongs to the community it protects, and its future should not be decided by a handful of people behind closed doors. That is why community, civic and religious leaders have teamed up with healthcare providers and elected officials to protect our community hospital and its mission to provide care to all who need it.

There are justified concerns that Prime whopping profit margin of nearly 18% comes at the cost of communities' access to safe, quality patient care and reflects a policy of putting profits ahead of patient care needs.... Many of Christ Hospital's services aren't profitable - but they are essential to the health and well-being of our community. For example, more than 75% of Christ Hospital's psychiatric and behavioral health patients are uninsured or under-insured. But since Prime also makes their money from dropping insurance contracts, whether you are insured or uninsured - your access to healthcare might be at risk.

See the full article, by Michael Yun, President, The Central Avenue SID and Ann Twomey, President, Health Professionals and Allied Employees: Protecting the Future of Christ Hospital - for our community.

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