July 04, 2019
After news broke last week of Hahnemann University Hospital's imminent closing, and a proposed bill advocating for the demolition of Allentown State Hospital, there's a dark cloud over local hospitals.
Adding to this fact is the announcement that CarePoint Health, home to three hospitals in New Jersey — Bayonne Medical Center, Christ Hospital and Hoboken Medical Center — plans to lay off at least 44 employees across all three hospitals in the coming months due to decreased patient volumes, NJ.com reports.
This, after a state report released in March found that CarePoint owners took home $157 million through questionable business practices, NJ.com notes.
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While representatives from the unions that will be affected by the layoffs are calling for local officials to examine the circumstances surrounding these layoffs, the for-profit organization defends the potential layoffs. Jennifer Morrill, a spokeswoman for CarePoint Health, told NJ.com:
“While never an easy endeavor, we have utilized the most extreme caution and care to develop a plan that preserves our mission of providing the highest quality healthcare for the Hudson County community and maintains operational efficiency,” she said.
View NJ.com’s full report on the layoffs here.