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HOBO­KEN, N.J.— A bank­ruptcy court judge ap­proved plans to sell the Hobo­ken Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter to buyer HUMC Holdco. Terms of the sale won ap­proval from the cred­i­tors com­mit­tee ear­lier in the month. To close the deal, HUMC Holdco, which also owns the Bay­onne (N.J.) Med­i­cal Cen­ter, must win a cer­tifi­cate of need from the state. “HUMC Holdco’s own­er­ship team is ex­tremely proud to keep the doors open at the old­est hos­pi­tal in the state and re­mains ded­i­cated to mak­ing in­vest­ments in HUMC’s fu­ture,” Phil Schaen­gold, chief tran­si­tion of­fi­cer of HUMC Holdco, said in a news re­lease af­ter the cred­i­tors’ ap­proval. The mu­nic­i­pally owned hos­pi­tal’s man­age­ment com­pany en­tered bank­ruptcy in Au­gust, and last month, Gov. Chris Christie said the state would com­mit $5 mil­lion to help close the sale. NEW YORK— New York City Health and Hos­pi­tals Corp. an­nounced the open­ing of an am­bu­la­tory-care pav­il­ion and 85-bed ex­pan­sion of its Gou­verneur Health­care Ser­vices nurs­ing home. The de­vel­op­ment, part of a $200 mil­lion ren­o­va­tion and 330,000-square-foot fa­cil­ity will un­dergo ren­o­va­tion, HHC said, and pa­tients will move to the newly con­structed tower dur­ing ren­o­va­tion. Once com­plete, the fa­cil­ity will to­tal 450,000 square feet. EGG HAR­BOR TOWN­SHIP, N.J.— At­lanti­Care said it would be­gin to en­roll pa­tients in an ac­count­able care or­ga­ni­za­tion next year. The newly cre­ated ACO will oper­ate un­der a sep­a­rate not-for­profit, At­lanti­Care Health So­lu­tions, with a physi­cian-con­trolled gov­ern­ing board, David Tilton, At­lanti­Care pres­i­dent and CEO, said in a news re­lease. The New Jersey ac­count­able care group, one of sev­eral fledg­ling pri­vate-mar­ket ef­forts un­der way, will in­clude em­ployed and independent doc­tors and in­sur­ers, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease. Dr. Kather­ine Sch­nei­der, At­lanti­Care’s se­nior vice pres­i­dent, said in the re­lease that the sys­tem has gained ex­pe­ri­ence man­ag­ing chronic con­di­tions with med­i­cal homes, a model that could be ex­panded. “We are be­gin­ning this work with our own em­ploy­ees and their de­pen­dents be­cause we be­lieve we can pos­i­tively im­pact their health and the sus­tain­abil­ity of our or­ga­ni­za­tion,” she said. ac­qui­si­tion of Syn­ergy, which op­er­ates in com­mu­ni­ties where Kin­dred al­ready has five acute-care hos­pi­tals and roughly two dozen nurs­ing and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­ters, Kin­dred said in a news re­lease. Syn­ergy pro­duced roughly $5 mil­lion in an­nual rev­enue in Marl­bor­ough and Wey­mouth, Mass., ac­cord­ing to Kin­dred. NEW YORK— The Hos­pi­tal for Spe­cial Surgery said it com­pleted the first stage of its 25,000-square-foot Lerner Chil­dren’s Pav­il­ion. The pav­il­ion, which in­cludes the re­cently com­pleted 7,000square-foot pe­di­atric re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­ter, is sched­uled to open the mid­dle of next year. The $17.7 mil­lion pav­il­ion also will in­clude a 10-bed pe­di­atric unit, 18 ex­am­i­na­tion rooms, three ra­di­ol­ogy rooms and 6,100 square feet for physi­cian of­fices and sup­port staff, ac­cord­ing to a spokes­woman. The 162-bed Hos­pi­tal for Spe­cial Surgery said the new pe­di­atric re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­ter, slated to open to pa­tients this month, will ex­pand its ca­pac­ity to 30,000 pa­tients a year from about 18,000. The cen­ter in­cludes a phys­i­cal ther­apy and two oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy gyms and a speech ther­apy suite. The hos­pi­tal has raised $30 mil­lion to build the pav­il­ion and cre­ate an en­dow­ment for it. WILM­ING­TON, Del.— Chil­dren’s health­care sys­tem Ne­mours was look­ing for a miss­ing stor­age cabi­net con­tain­ing three backup com­puter tapes of un­en­crypted pa­tient billing and em­ployee pay­roll data af­fect­ing about 1.6 mil­lion peo­ple. The records, re­ported miss­ing Sept. 8, had been locked in the cabi­net that was be­lieved to have been re­moved around Aug. 10 from a Wilm­ing­ton Ne­mours build­ing be­ing re­mod­eled, the or­ga­ni­za­tion said in a news re­lease. The tapes stored records “prin­ci­pally be­tween 1994 and 2004” and in­cluded names, ad­dresses, dates of birth, So­cial Se­cu­rity numbers, in­sur­ance in­for­ma­tion, med­i­cal di­ag­no­sis codes and di­rect-de­posit bank ac­count in­for­ma­tion. The records were from five Ne­mours sites in Delaware, Florida, New Jersey and Penn­syl­va­nia. Ne­mours said in the re­lease that it is no­ti­fy­ing and of­fer­ing one year of free credit mon­i­tor­ing and iden­tity theft pro­tec­tion to peo­ple whose in­for­ma­tion may have been com­pro­mised, as well as “mov­ing to­ward en­crypt­ing all com­puter backup tapes and mov­ing nonessen­tial com­puter backup tapes to a se­cure off-site stor­age fa­cil­ity.”

New York Health and Hos­pi­tals Corp.’s am­bu­la­tory-care pav­il­ion and 85-bed nurs­ing-home ex­pan­sion has opened. The de­vel­op­ment in­cludes con­struc­tion of a five-story pav­il­ion.

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