New Jersey's plan to accept proposals for a new hospital will continue after the state's Appellate Division of the Superior Court said it would not allow two hospitals to challenge the plan, Hackensack University Medical Center said in an e-mailed statement.
Court rejects N.J. hospitals' bid to halt moves toward new facility
Valley Hospital and Englewood (N.J.) Hospital and Medical Center, which both operate in Bergen County, asked the court for permission to appeal the February state Health Department invitation for plans to build another Bergen County hospital, according to the statement.
The Health Department’s invitation (PDF) said one new hospital in the county would be considered under the state’s certificate-of-need program, but the department may not grant any if proposals fail to demonstrate need. The deadline for proposals is June 1 and a decision is expected roughly two months later.
Hackensack University Medical Center, a 703-bed hospital also in Bergen County, has lobbied aggressively to build a 128-bed hospital in Bergen County. The hospital’s statement praised the Appellate Division’s decision as “very positive progress toward restoring much-needed acute-care hospital services for residents of Pascack Valley and Northern Valley regions.”
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