HACKENSACK, N.J. — Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco has reached a transition agreement with the current operator of Bergen Regional Medical Center.
The agreement comes months after state officials considered oversight of the hospital following hundreds of reported assaults.
“My primary goals for Bergen Regional have been to ensure continuity of care for patients, stability for staff, and to establish the necessary oversight, while we plan for the future of the hospital," Tedesco said.
"This agreement meets these goals and mandates the daily on-site presence of county representatives who will thoroughly review BRMC operations through unfettered access to hospital information and facilities."
According to a press release, terms include:
- Bergen County addresses its primary concern of securing continuity of care and services for BRMC patients.
- Bergen County will have extensive and unprecedented access to all aspects of hospital operations and related records.
- Current labor and vendor agreements will remain in effect throughout this transition period.
- With Bergen County’s transition consultants on site, BRMC LP will continue as the operator through September 30, 2017.
- Bergen County will receive over $20 million in 2017 (originally due in 2020) as repayment of the county’s 1998 loan to BRMC LP.
Access to hospital information allows a more thorough evaluation of qualified proposals from potential future operators, which sets the foundation of a smooth and effective transition, he said
The agreement returns Bergen's tax dollars years ahead of schedule and will significantly benefit Bergen Regional Medical Center, its stakeholders and residents, Tedesco said.