News Release

PO 360
Trenton, NJ 08625-0360
Christine Grant
For Release:
March 24, 2000
For Further Information Contact:
Tom Breslin
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Commissioner Approves CN for New South Jersey Hospital
Community Access to High-Quality Services Critical

Commissioner Christine Grant today granted a Certificate of Need to allow South Jersey Hospital System to build a new 238-bed hospital and close its three current hospitals in Bridgeton, Millville and Vineland.

The approval is subject to many conditions which address the deeply held concerns of the communities involved.

"I believe these conditions will assure that residents presently served by South Jersey Health System will continue to have appropriate access to high quality services. It is my hope that these conditions will address the access concerns expressed by members of the local community," Grant said in the CN letter.

"I have personally reviewed the testimony from the four public hearings.and have made every effort to address the issues raised by the community in formulating my decision."

Referring to one of the conditions of approval, Grant said "until opening day, the community will have a voice in planning the transition to the new hospital." The health system is required to develop a community advisory group within 90 days to assist in the planning and transition.

The Department of Health and Senior Services held four public hearings on the project in July and August of 1999. The State Health Planning Board approved the South Jersey Health System's CN last November.

Grant noted the planned hospital will be the first new hospital to be built in New Jersey since the early 1980's.

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