Divisive plan to convert Passaic’s remaining hospital to for-profit status may be all that stands between it and closure
St. Mary’s Hospital in Passaic.
While outside labor unions have been directing a barrage of criticism at Prime Healthcare’s proposed purchase of St. Mary’s Hospital in Passaic, that hasn’t stopped Prime from quietly working out a contract agreement with the hospital’s own union.
When Prime announced on Monday the tentative agreement with the Jersey Nurses Economic Security Organization – approved by the union yesterday — it was in contrast to the position staked out by the Health Professionals and Allied Employees opposing Prime’s entry in the state.
JNESO has expressed concerns about for-profit hospital conversions in the past, but it clearly has a stake in making sure that St. Mary’s continues to operate. Both the hospital and Prime have said it would close if its sale were blocked. Read more