Sunday, March 3, 2013
The first H-Zone meeting is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Monday, March 11 at B.F.
Valley Hospital will be returning to the planning board to unveil new expansion plans on March 11. According to a report in The Ridgewood News, the first meeting has been set up for 8 p.m. at B.F. Middle School's auditorium. Per the report, public comment will not take place until April 2. In dismissing a lawsuit filed by citizen's opposition group Concerned Residents of Ridgewood (CRR), Superior Court Judge Alexander Carver called for the planning board to reach a decision by the end of June. Preliminary plans submitted by the hospital to the board this week don't appear drastically different from its quashed "Renewal" plan. The hospital seeks to increase its floor space to 910,000 square feet, with increased setbacks on some borders. "…
Friday, February 15, 2013
Planning board expected to begin hearings on a new master plan amendment request in March after a lawsuit was settled between the board, hospital and an opposition group.
Valley Hospital is expected to return to the Ridgewood Planning Board with a new expansion proposal in March after the settlement of a lawsuit a neighborhood opposition group filed against the board and hospital. In an order of dismissal dated Feb. 14, Superior Court Judge Alexander Carver III called for two planning board hearings per month – with testimony and public comments – on a new expansion proposal beginning on March 11, 2013. The three parties – the Ridgewood Planning Board, Valley Hospital and Concerned Residents of Ridgewood (CRR) – agreed to set a target for a vote on a new zoning amendment to the Master Plan before the planning board reorganizes in July. (A PDF copy of Carver's order, obtained by Patch at Bergen County …
Friday, December 2, 2011
State Health Planning Board on Tuesday voted to recommend reopening; State Health Commissioner has final say
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
HUMC disputes there are too many open beds in the county, says the overflow of patients at HUMC, residents of the Pascack Valley and an aging Boomer population make for viable business
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
[Editor's note: The following article was penned by Beth Fitzgerald of NJSpotlight.com] Hackensack University Medical Center got a green light Tuesday from a state regulatory panel to reopen Pascack Valley Hospital in Westwood. Now the matter goes to State Health Commissioner Mary E. O'Dowd, who is expected to rule by year end—but her decision isn't expected to settle things. Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and Ridgewood's Valley Hospital are fighting the Pascack Valley reopening on the grounds that it will siphon off patients and weaken them financially. The two hospitals have said they will go to court if, as they expect, O'Dowd follows the recommendation of the state Health Planning Board and approves HUMC's plan to open a 128-bed…
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
The project still needs to be approved by the state Health Comissioner
The State Health Planning Board voted 5-1 Tuesday to recommend the Health Commissioner approve Hackensack University Medical Center's plan to revive the former Pascack Valley Hospital—which is currently in use as an ER facility—as a new 128-bed full-service hospital. “It is nicer to be here saying 'yes' to opening a hospital than 'yes' to closing a hospital,” Board Chairperson Judy Donlen said, referring to the 2007 closing of the Pascack Valley Hospital. Still, the board's vote does not mean the hospital has been approved. State Health Commissioner Mary O'Dowd will need to approve the project before it can continue. The board made their vote after listening to public comment from representatives from the Department of Health, HUMC, Valley…
Monday, October 17, 2011
The hospital says the poll conducted in August with a sample of over 3,400 people concludes a silent majority – 62 percent – support expansion, while opponents say the survey is biased and manipulative
Grassroots group Concerned Residents of Ridgewood (CRR) says Valley Hospital's survey results – which claims there is clear majority support for the 'Renewal' expansion proposal – is nothing more than spin and manipulation. The hospital told the council and residents – against the objections of CRR – Thursday night that it attempted to reach all 8,000-plus homes in Ridgewood, ultimately conducting 3,468 surveys that the hospital claims demonstrate 62 percent support in favor of the expansion, 18 percent against it and 20 percent undecided. "It's been our contention from the get-go that survey was very flawed, very biased and not scientific," said Pete McKenna, chairman of the CRR. "It should not ever be reported in public. We have had a …
Hospital planning expert Raymond Skorupa says Valley needs to expand to be a '21st century hospital' because it's currently 'lagging behind' others
The Ridgewood Village Council spent much of the most recent Valley Hospital expansion hearing questioning the planning board's medical planning expert over the community's say during the process as well as the classification of inpatient and outpatient services. Medical planing expert Raymond Skorupa concluded Thursday night that Valley "was lagging behind" other hospitals, which he speculated was because of a lack of residential support. Skorupa said Valley would have to modernize to "be a 21st century hospital." The expert conceded Thursday night that the three stakeholders – Valley, residents and the planning board – were not given equal weight as to the controversial planning board decision to amend the Master Plan and potentially give…
Monday, June 21, 2010
One person is arrested as Ridgewood police call for assistance to control the crowd.
Monday may have been the longest day of the year, but for Ridgewood Planning Board members voting on the Valley Hospital proposal, it felt like the longest night. In a 6-1 vote, the board approved a master plan amendment to allow the Valley Hospital to double its facilities on its existing site. Outside, hundreds of people, unable to get inside, shouted and chanted throughout the meeting, several times delaying the proceedings and resulting in one arrest. With only member, Morgan Hurley, voting against the proposal, the board approved the amendment amid loud boos and applause from those in the auditorium, which was filled to capacity with an overflow crowd outside. "I've listened for three years to experts, [Concerned Residents of …