The Hoboken City Council unanimously voted (9-0) in support of the local hospital’s efforts to obtain $26,650,000 in state and federal grants at Wednesday evening’s meeting.
The Hoboken University Medical Center, via their parent company CarePoint Health, is seeking robust funding from the American Rescue Plan in order to make facility upgrades and recoup losses from during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In an effort to enhance our response, health security, and physical plant capabilities of this Hospital, we submit the following for grant consideration,” their grant request states.
“All resources will be applied to (1) Improving infection control capabilities for both patient and Health Care Worker; (2) Enhancing clinical capabilities to meet the evolving needs of our patient population; (3) Expanding acute psychiatric, cardiac, and newborn service capabilities in response to demonstrated access demand from an at-risk population; (4) Maintaining healthcare facility infrastructure and operations with sustainable access to critically needed services.”
CarePoint is eligible for the funds after the New Jersey Department of Health voted to allow them covert to a nonprofit in February.
“We are grateful for the support of Mayor Bhalla and the City Council, who have been instrumental in our efforts to secure these funds,” CarePoint President and CEO Dr. Achintya Moulick said in a statement.
“Having access to state and federal funding will allow HUMC to upgrade its facilities, expand its services, and hire additional healthcare professionals to meet the growing demand for medical care. This investment will ensure that HUMC remains at the forefront of healthcare innovation and able to provide state-of-the-art medical services to the community.”
He continued that this would be particularly helpful for the HUMC, where uninsured and Medicaid patients make up about 60 percent of those who receive treatment at the facility.
The council resolution was sponsored by Council President Emily Jabbour, who toured the HUMC recently with Mayor Ravi Bhalla and Police Capt. Brian Brereto.
“Access to quality healthcare is essential to the health and well-being of our community. We are committed to supporting their efforts to provide high-quality healthcare services to our residents and applaud their efforts to secure this federal grant,” said Bhalla.
“We believe that every resident deserves access to affordable and comprehensive healthcare, and we will continue to work with CarePoint Health to ensure that this goal is achieved.”
Hudson County Board of Commissioners Chair Anthony Romano (D-5), also the deputy public safety director in Hoboken, also came out in support of the effort.
“”State and federal funding would not only further increase their presence, but also ensure that ALL those who need and deserve high-quality care can continue to receive it,” he said.
“Their commitment to providing quality healthcare and innovative treatments has been invaluable, and I have no doubt that continued investment in their programs and facilities will greatly benefit our community and allow them to continue providing top-of-the-line healthcare for everyone in Hudson County.”