Why so many hospitals closed in NJ?
0Apr 17, '08 by abbakingHey all. I recently visited family in New Jersery last week and I noticed that an alarming number of hospitals have been closed. Since i was born and raised in New Jersey and I have over 7 different nurses in my immediate and extended family, I am acutely aware of the different hospitals. I read online and in the newspaper (Star-Ledger) that the following medical centers have closed - Irvington General Hospital, PBI Regional Hospital, Union Hospital, Barnert Hospital, Saint James Hospital, Hospital Center at Orange (Orange Memorial), and now there are talks of closing Mulenberg Regional.
WHAT IS GOING ON!!!
0Apr 18, '08 by momof2nurseWhere are all their patients going to then???
I don't understand how so many hospitals can close without new ones opening. How can the remaining hospitals take over that load?
This is crazy! I'm surprised he got away with it!
There would be a riot if that happened here where I live.
0Apr 18, '08 by NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN Adminmost reports i've read cite excessive beds, underfunded care, poor utilization of services along with insufficient income to modernize. karen
[color=#0000cc]report of the advisory commission on hospitals - 1999
the state's hospitals face numerous external challenges. the growth of managed care enrollment, reduction in federal medicare inpatient and outpatient reimbursement, changes in medicaid reimbursement, and a large uninsured population are all contributing to the decline in financial performance and are likely to persist into the next decade. advances in technology and pharmaceuticals allow for more outpatient and non-hospital-based treatments, contributing to the downward pressure on utilization. lack of alignment between physician and hospital payment incentives makes changing physician practice patterns difficult.
additionally, internal factors hamper needed change. these include:
- slower than needed reductions in length of stay, particularly for medicare patients;
- persistent excess and misdirected hospital capacity;
- higher staffing levels than hospitals in other states;
- lack of alignment between physician and hospital payment incentives, making changes in physician practice patterns difficult to implement;
- board ambivalence about transitioning a hospital's services or closing facilities to appropriately meet the community's needs while ensuring adequate reimbursement to cover costs; and
- inadequate education of the general public about changes in health care delivery and reimbursement.
health chief says some n.j. hospitals must close ... apr 9, 2008 ... new jersey may need to let some hospitals close to strengthen others, the state health commissioner told lawmakers today.
from nj hospital assoc: new jersey hospitals: imagine a day without us
hospitals are cornerstones of their communities. they provide healthcare and jobs, security and peace of mind. from community clinics to the maternity ward, from the operating room to the emergency department, it's hard to imagine your community without its local hospital. unfortunately, more and more new jersey towns are forced to live without the comforting presence of a community hospital. consider these sobering statistics:
- 21 new jersey hospitals have closed since 1992
- five hospitals have filed for bankruptcy in the past 18 months.
- just 15 years ago, new jersey had 112 acute care hospitals. only 77 remain today.
- of those 77, half lost money in 2007.
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0Apr 18, '08 by emtb2rnQuote from abbakingMountainside has not closed. Got sold by AHS to some for-profit company out of Texas.I also read that Mountainside Has closed too.
With all these hospitals closed I dont evern want to imagine the census at Saint Barnabas or UMDNJ University Hospital
The link from NRSKarenRN on NJ hospitals pretty much sums it up. Also doesn't make it simple for a new grad to get that 1st job.