Senator Gerald Cardinale (R- Bergen), issued the following statement upon being informed by the Christie Administration that Pascack Valley Hospital will be granted a “Certificate of Need” to resume full operations as an acute care facility:
“The Governor has informed me that Hackensack University Medical Center will be granted state approval to reopen Pascack Valley Hospital, and I could not be more thrilled,” said Cardinale. “This is the right thing to do for patients, who face 20 to 30 additional minutes of transport time in the event of a medical emergency. It is the right thing to do for our region’s EMS and ambulance services, which have been strained as a result of the hospital’s closing. And it is a boost for the economy in northern Bergen County, which will benefit from the jobs generated and property taxes paid by a reopened Pascack Valley Hospital.”
Cardinale also urged Englewood Hospital and Ridgewood’s Valley Hospital to forgo any contemplated legal action seeking to derail the hospital’s reopening.
“I implore Englewood and Valley Hospitals to not delay this process through litigation aimed at preventing Pascack Valley from reopening,” Cardinale said. “There is a substantial need for this hospital to resume full operations in the communities I represent. They should not be denied easy access to quality care because other hospitals fear competition.”