>Pascack Valley residents to state: ‘We need our hospital’
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2011
BY JASON BRAFF
PASCACK VALLEY COMMUNITY LIFE
Township of Washington – The 1,000 plus Pascack Valley residents in attendance at the state Health Planning Board’s public hearing to reopen the old Pascack Valley Hospital were loud and clear: they want their hospital back.
“The bottom-line is that this a matter of need and a matter of life and death,” said Emerson Mayor Carlos Colina, one of many that testified to the board on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at Westwood Regional High School.
Politicians, emergency technicians, physicians and residents presented their case for a new hospital in Westwood and shared varying personal stories.
The hearing was held as part of the board’s process to make a recommendation to the state health commissioner to determine whether or not a certificate of need should be granted to Hackensack University Medical Center to reopen the hospital as a 128-bed acute-care facility.