CarePoint ready to finalize agreement with potential new Bayonne Medical Center owner

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CarePoint Health is ready to finalize an agreement with BMC Hospital LLC, the potential new owner of the Bayonne Medical Center, the organization said.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“CarePoint and BMC Hospital LLC are on the verge of signing an agreement for the sale of Bayonne Medical Center,” CarePoint said in a statement.

“The parties have updated the [New Jersey] Department of Health concerning the status of their discussions and expect to immediately move forward with the requisite approvals.”

Back in March, the two parties announced that they had signed a letter of intent that would allow BMC Hospital LLC to takeover the BMC.

BMC Hospital LLC is a joint venture by Wayne HatamiAnthony Degradi, Gregg Rock, and Feliks Kogan, three of the four men who own Surgicore: six surgical centers that operate in different parts of New York and New Jersey.  

They could not be immediately reached for comment on Tuesday.

Recently, the future of CarePoint’s three Hudson County hospitals: Christ Hospital, the Hoboken University Medical Center, and the BMC has appeared uncertain due to a longstanding financial dispute with Alaris Health owner Avery Eisenreich.

Eisenreich owns 100 percent of the BMC property (the land the hospital sits on); 70 percent of the property – along with 25 percent of the business at the HUMC – and a 25 percent stake in the Christ Hospital business and property.

Earlier this month, the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders approved a measure that would allow eminent domain to be executed on the CarePoint Health properties.

Eisenreich’s attorney, Genova Burns Chair and Managing Partner Angelo Genova, called the move “needless as it is expensive” at the time, hinting towards litigation if the process moved forward.

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  1. When my late husband Dan Kane was asked to take Bayonne Hospital through bankruptcy and close it, he saw within two weeks that it could become an excellent and viable operation. He created a plan that soon had the hospital earning a million a month for its owners, but not for Dan who always earned a far more modest salary. For that salary, Dan saved thousands of jobs and preserved a great hospital for the area. When Dan developed ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), he continued working, even attending a board meeting the afternoon of the day he died in May of 2015. Meanwhile, Dan had been promised a bonus for 2014. (Since Dan had borrowed money from our family, and had promised to pay it back, he had hoped the bonus check could be given to me for that purpose.) When Dan wasn’t given his expected bonus for 2014, I couldn’t imagine why it had not been given to him, since the hospital was doing so well. Dan told me they had probably delayed it for some personal reason. I thought it was very strange of the hospital to be coy about Dan’s expected and deserved bonus, considering all that Dan had done for the hospital. Why give a dying man anything extra to worry about? After Dan passed away in May of 2015, our older son had asked the hospital about the bonus. I was told the owners said “Well, Dan’s dead, so we’re not paying.” I believe that is a cruel and callous way to honor the memory of a totally devoted worker who brought this hospital out of bankruptcy and into a glorious solvency. I am sure every worker and patient there feels gratitude toward Dan for saving their livelihoods and even perhaps their lives. I believe those people deserve to know what the BMC owners did. Dan deserved the honor of making that payment before he died. He certainly earned every penny of it. And it would have been the right thing to do for the owners of BMC to allow Dan that last honor of receiving his last bonus check so he could honorably pay his debt to his family. I do believe in Karma and that Dan’s death and all the amazing, brilliant work he did in his life truly mattered to so many. I am hoping it is not too late for the hospital owners to do the right thing and send the bonus check to Dan’s family, in his memory.

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