An online petition to save the Bayonne Medical Center has collected over 1,800 signatures, with the effort prepared to go door-to-door this weekend.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
â€œWe as a city are doing everything within our power to ensure Bayonne residents will continue to have direct access to an acute care facility,â€ Mayor Jimmy Davis said in a statement.
â€œWe have already brought this fight to Trenton and we are making it clear we will not be silent when our safety and wellbeing are at risk. But now, Iâ€™m asking for all of Bayonne to come together to save our hospital because we are stronger together and cannot do this alone.â€
Last month, Davis announced he learned the hospitalâ€™s current operator, CarePoint Health, was looking to sell the facility.
This plan could include shutting down or utilizing the hospital for other purposes, though CarePoint has said they are â€œinitiated a separate process seeking a strategic partner” in light of Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health purchasing their other two facilities: Christ Hospital and the Hoboken University Medical Center.
Since then, Davis, Senator Sandra Cunningham, and Assembly members Nick Chiaravalloti and Angela McKnight (all D-31) met with State Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli to express their concerns about the looming sale.
Additionally, the city council gave initial approval to create a Municipal Hospital Authority, which could allow the city to temporarily take control of Bayonne Medical Centerâ€™s state charter in the event that a buyer for the facility cannot immediately be found.