Englewood Hospital Appeals HackensackUMC's CON to Reopen Former Hospital

Englewood (N.J.) Hospital and Medical Center is appealing the state's decision to allow Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center to reopen the former Pascack Valley Hospital in Westwood, N.J., according to a Record report.

Health Commissioner Mary E. O'Dowd issued Hackensack a certificate of need Feb. 27 to open the hospital as HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley. In its notice of appeal, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center said reopening the hospital would contribute to the "excess of hospital beds" in the area, would decrease hospital admissions and would cause a loss of $15 million in revenue for Englewood, according to the report.

The report said the notice of appeal listed four main reasons for appealing:

•    A need to request a call for a CON was not established in February 2011.

•    The decision was "influenced by political pressure from the governor."

•    The decision was "contrary to the Healthcare Planning Act."

•    The finding that opening a new hospital would not adversely affect the financial health of existing hospitals is not supported.

More Articles on the Former Pascack Valley Hospital:

HackensackUMC Finally Gains Approval to Open Pascack Valley Hospital in NJ
Hackensack University Medical Center Set to Renovate Pascack Valley Hospital

N.J.'s Valley Hospital Pursues Legal Action to Stop Reopening of Pascack Valley Hospital

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