Forty-five people from the corporate offices of CarePoint Health in Jersey City were laid off on Tuesday, March 3.
CarePoint Health has dissolved and has been liquidating its assets, including selling Bayonne Medical Center (BMC), Christ Hospital in Jersey City, and Hoboken University Medical Center (HUMC).
In October of 2019, CarePoint Health and RWJBaranabas Health signed a letter of intent, whereby Christ Hospital and HUMC will become part of RWJBH.
But negotiations stalled in February after CarePoint rejected an offer that RWJBH said was “fair and appropriate” but CarePoint characterized it as a “gift” to RWJBH.
The New Jersey Department of Health appointed a monitor for Christ Hospital to provide daily oversight of its finances after Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop sent a letter to Gov. Phil Murphy asking for the state to intervene and aid negotiations between the two companies.
CarePoint Health spokesperson Eric Bloom confirmed the layoffs in a statement noting that the company is exploring every option to allow Christ Hospital as well as its other facilities to continue to operate “as CarePoint Health awaits a response from RWJBH to the offer for Christ Hospital property.”
“Unfortunately, we are at the point today where we must, with great regret, layoff 45 of our employees of about 200 staff,” Bloom said. “This step is necessary given the current uncertainty, and to ensure the hospital provides access to essential services while we figure out its future. We thank all of the dedicated people who were part of our family for all their contributions in making this a high-quality facility.”