Monday, January 4, 2016

Public Hearing to be Held Regarding Sale of Saint Michael's Medical Center

Newark, New Jersey: The fate of Saint Michael's Medical Center in Newark's Central Ward will be discussed at an upcoming meeting. 

Prime Healthcare Services, a private for-profit medical company, is proposing to purchase Saint Michael's, a non-profit 357-bed facility, located at 268 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, which was established nearly 150 years ago by Franciscan Sisters of the Poor.

The public hearing will be held on Tuesday, January 5th, beginning at 5:00pm, at the New Jersey Institute of Technology's Campus Center Atrium. Assistant Attorney General Kavin K. Mistry will host the hearing, and members of the public may speak at the event.

The proposal has drawn fierce opposition by some community groups and leaders, though unions that represent hospital workers and some politicans support the sale, according to NJ Spotlight.

Prime Healthcare Services has recently been expanding into New Jersey, and acquired the Memorial Hospital of Salem County, St. Mary's General Hospital in Paterson, Passaic County and Saint Clare's Health System, which serves Morris and Sussex Counties, within the past year. 

NJIT's Campus Center is located at 150 Bleeker Street, near Summit Street. Transportation is available using the Warren Street Station on the Newark Light Rail.

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