Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Hospital says temporary visitor restrictions in place
A nationwide flu epidemic has prompted Englewood Hospital and Medical Center to issue temporary visitor restrictions, according to a hospital statement. Englewood's emergency room has seen a "surge" of flu-related visits and admissions, with the elderly hardest hit, the statement said. "In response to the growing threat, the Medical Center staff is working around the clock to protect the community, including stocking up on flu-related supplies and testing kits, vaccinating patients and employees and implementing temporary visitor restrictions at the hospital," the hospital said. Visitors under 18 are being barred from certain areas of the hospital, including the Intensive Care Unit and pediatrics department, the statement said. Sick …
Friday, December 21, 2012
One River School of Art & Design in Englewood presents “Art Effect,” an exhibit that will also help raise money for Englewood Hospital and Medical Center.
One River School of Art & Design, an art education facility in Englewood, is presenting a new exhibit showcasing the work of students from Fort Lee and other Bergen County towns and faculty from the school. “Art Effect,” which opens Dec. 28, also features a silent auction of selected works to raise money for Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. Included in the exhibit are works by six-year-old Fort Lee twins, Sophia and Hannah Shin, who are taking classes at the school, according to organizers. “We’re thrilled to present our first student show, which is a culmination of our first season of teaching at One River School,” said One River School of Art & Design founder Matt Ross. “Families, friends, and members of the Fort Lee community …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley is scheduled to open next year. Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and Valley Hospital in Ridgewood had appealed the state's approval of the new Westwood hospital.
The former Pascack Valley Hospital in Westwood is set to reopen as planned under new management next year after a court ruled in the hospital's favor Tuesday. A three-judge panel decided that they would uphold the approval of Hackensack University Medical Center at Pascack Valley in Westwood. Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and the Valley Hospital in Ridgewood had jointly appealed State Health Commissioner Mary O'Dowd's decision to approve the new hospital at the site of the former Pascack Valley Hospital, which closed five years ago. The decision was "arbitrary and capricious," according to the appeal. The judges cited O'Dowd's expertise and rejected claims from the appealing hospitals that there had been procedural deficiencies and…
Friday, September 28, 2012
Hospital accuses union of exaggerating layoff numbers.
A small number of Englewood Hospital and Medical Center nurses were laid off Thursday, far less than the 70 positions the nurses union had said were slated for cuts. In a statement, Englewood hospital accused the union of exaggerating the scope of the layoffs and said it identified 60 vacant positions and made them available to the impacted nurses. “As a result, actual reductions amounted to less than 18 bargaining unit RN FTEs (full-time equivalent positions),” the hospital said. Five nurses were cut through involuntary layoffs, a union spokeswoman told NJ.com. Some took a voluntary layoff with severance pay and others had shifts or assignments changed. “The Medical Center implemented reductions only where necessary and only in proportion…
Monday, September 17, 2012
Union officials say while Englewood downsizes, other hospitals in the state are hiring
Monday, September 17, 2012
by Anthony Vecchione, NJSpotlight.com The union that represents nurses at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center (EHMC) charge that the facility's decision to lay off nurses is "shortsighted" and runs counter to a hiring trend at other New Jersey hospitals. It's unclear how many positions will be affected, although earlier reports put the number at 70. Jean Otersen, policy director for the Health Professional and Allied Employees Union (HPAE)based in Emerson, said that the layoffs are scheduled to take effect around September 26. "We won't know the exact number until we are finished reviewing open positions," she said. Among the options that are being negotiated with the hospital are voluntary retirement and shift or unit changes. HPEA …
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Two care units slated for closure, according to union message.
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center plans “far reaching” layoffs and the closure of two care units, according to the union representing nurses at the hospital. “I have been notified by the [Medical Center] of their intent of a far reaching layoff that will affect many members,” said a message posted on the Health Professionals and Allied Employees website from Local 5004 President Michele McLaughlin. The union message listed the units slated for closure by location or acronym, as 3NW and PCU. According to the medical center’s website, the units listed by the union correspond to the medical-renal unit and the progressive care unit. "This layoff will be far reaching as there are minimal probationary employees as well as vacant positions," …
Monday, November 28, 2011
The PBA’s annual Holiday Season Toy Drive gets underway Dec. 5 with daily pickups at local high-rise buildings
The Fort Lee Policemen’s Benevolent Association (PBA) Local #245 is once again asking for the public’s assistance as the organization begins its annual “Holiday Season Toy Drive.” Each year, the PBA collects toys donated by residents and distributes them—dressed as Santa Clause and other characters like Winnie the Pooh, Elmo or Mickey Mouse—to children in pediatric units at area hospitals and to local children in need of a little holiday cheer through the Fort Lee Department of Human Services. “We do it every year, and we appreciate the generosity from the public,” said PBA Local #245 president Kevin Kosuda. Kosuda, a 19-year veteran of the Fort Lee Police Department, said he doesn’t know for sure how long the PBA has been doing the toy …
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Locals gathered at Westwood High School to express their views on the HUMC application
Hundreds of area residents came to the public hearing about the Hackensack University Medical Center application to open a new hospital in Westwood at the former site of Pascack Valley Hospital. Many expressed their opinions for the State Health Planning Board, which will make a recommendation on the application to the Department of Health commissioner, who will make the final decision. The majority of the speakers were in favor of opening a 128-bed acute care facility on Old Hook Road in Westwood, but representatives from Valley Hospital and Englewood Hospital and Medical Center came to express their opposition. President and CEO of HUMC Robert Garrett started the hearing by expressing gratitude for the support the hospital has received …