Hoboken University Medical Center announces return to normal operations after evacuation


The Hoboken University Medical Center has announced a return to normal operations after evacuating non-emergency patients yesterday due to a 16-inch water main break.

Hoboken University Medical Center. Photo via carepointhealth.org.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Over approximately 8 hours on Tuesday evening, the hospital was able to evacuate all patients in a safe and orderly manner and will be returning to normal operating conditions today as water is restored.

CarePoint Health’s sister hospitals, Christ Hospital and Bayonne Medical Center, expanded capacity and were able to provide continuity of services, while the Jersey City Medical Center was utilized for pregnant patients.

“Residents of Hudson County deserve top-quality, reliable, and accessible care that is not for profit and allows reinvestment into the community, which is why CarePoint Health has consistently remained committed to being patient-centered and community-based as we continue to cement ourselves as leaders in what quality health care for all can look like,” HUMC Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Rimmer said in a statement.

“While the town may have aging infrastructure, we are modernizing and updating our facilities and capabilities to overcome challenges like this without fail. I would like to thank state EMS agencies for their assistance during the evacuation and I am happy to report continued optimal patient care despite the challenging conditions as well as the return of all normal operating services this morning.”

The prestigious Lown Institute, a healthcare think tank founded by a Nobel Prize Winner, recently named Hoboken University Medical Center No. 2 in New Jersey and No. 7 in the Nation for Community Benefit.

They based their decision, at least in part, due to their response to community crises like the unexpected loss of city infrastructure, the COVID-19 pandemic, and Hurricane Sandy.

HUMC is once again accepting all 911/emergency patients and expects to return to baseline operating conditions today.

The 16-inch water main break, which occurred on Monday, occurred when a contractor for PSE&G was doing work on the Jersey City and Hoboken border, which led to a boil water advisory from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection late last night.

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