Sunday, June 9, 2013

The Imminent Closure of Muhlenberg Emergency Room: A Letter to the Commissioner

As all or most of our residents know, when the then-Commissioner of Health for the state of New Jersey granted the certificate to close Muhlenberg Hospital almost five years ago, she mandated that the emergency room remain open for a minimum of five years.

This coming August will mark the five-year anniversary since the hospital closed.  Since that time is fast approaching, and as there is still a need for emergency health services (at a minimum to be provided to Plainfield and its surrounding communities from what was once Muhlenberg Hospital), I mailed the letter shown below to current Commissioner O’Dowd, yesterday. I am looking forward to a favorable outcome.

In the meantime, I will continue to look for opportunities for the Muhlenberg campus to continue to deliver a significant amount of healthcare to our residents and neighbors.