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New Jersey residents to welcome hospital reopening

New Jersey residents may have heard that the Pascack Valley Hospital in Westwood, New Jersey is reopening as a full-time emergency facility with 128 beds. Renamed HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley, the new business will be run jointly as a for-profit facility by Hackensack UMC and a Texas-based group.

In reopening the facility, the governor has fulfilled his promise to ensure that the emergency care center went back in business. Residents will now face lessened driving times when they are in need of emergency care. It also eases the burden on ambulance services that had increased since the hospital closed in 2007.

The State Health Commissioner's move to approve the reopening has raised some eyebrows. Other medical centers have claimed that it may have a negative effect on their business, and one hospital spokeswoman said her organization was contemplating taking legal action.

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Source: NJ.com, "State approves reopening of Pascack Valley Hospital in Westwood," S.P. Sullivan, 28 Feb 2012

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