EAST WINDSOR – The State Health Planning Board approved by a 5-1 vote today a certificate of need application for Hackensack University Medical Center to take over the shut-down Pascack Valley Hospital and open a 128-bed hospital that will serve Bergen County residents in that area.
The board said the new hospital, Hackensack University Hospital North, met all the criteria for such a need. The approval must follow 13 conditions the Department of Health and Senior Services recommended.
Sharol A. Lewis, a board member, was the only one who voted no, saying there wouldn’t be any new services provided to deal with efficiency issues.
Now, Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd will have to make the final decision.
“I think it was very gratifying,” said HUMC CEO Robert Garrett following the vote. “It’s a big victory for the residents of Pascack Valley and Northern Valley.”
Supporters of the new community hospital wore lime green T-shirts, reading “Our home Our hospital….Support HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley.”