JERSEY CITY, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CarePoint Health announced today that it has successfully reached new labor agreements with healthcare workers at Bayonne Medical Center (BMC) and Christ Hospital in Jersey City. The agreements, covering 850 registered nurses and other health care workers at BMC and 400 registered nurses at Christ Hospital, were ratified Wednesday by locals 5185 and 5186 of the Health Professionals and Allied Employees (HPAE) union.
“CarePoint Health is very pleased that we have brought our negotiations with HPAE to resolution without any labor disruption affecting hospital patients, workers, or the communities we serve,” said Jennifer Dobin, Vice President of Human Resources at CarePoint Health.
The contracts with BMC and Christ Hospital both have a one-year term, expiring on June 30, 2015. CarePoint Health and the union reached terms on the contracts in the early hours of July 31, following an extended bargaining session. Among the many issues resolved in the new contracts are those relating to compensation, retirement benefits, health insurance contributions, and hospital staffing.
“We want to thank the HPAE and all stakeholders that contributed to the dialogue and helped us reach satisfying results for all parties,” said Dobin. “In the end, we are all committed to maintaining our hospitals’ standards of excellence in patient care.”
BMC and Christ Hospital have each been in operation for more than 100 years. With 278 beds and 376 beds respectively, they provide comprehensive community health services to Hudson County-area patients, including more than 10,000 patients, 95% of them uninsured, who visited CarePoint's Neighborhood Health Centers in the first half of 2014. Christ Hospital, a state-certified Stroke Center and Primary Angioplasty Center, ranks among the top hospitals in New Jersey for emergency intervention outcomes. BMC features state-of-the-art cardiac services and a fully renovated oncology suite.
In May, BMC and Christ Hospital received more than $140,000 through Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey’s Hospital Recognition Program, which rewards hospital excellence based on quality scores measured by the nationally renown Leapfrog Hospital Recognition Program.
About CarePoint Health
CarePoint Health is a fully integrated healthcare system in Hudson County, NJ whose mission is to serve the uninsured and underinsured patient populations. With a recent Health Affairs study finding that New Jersey has the nation’s lowest percentage of physicians who accept new Medicaid patients, CarePoint Health aims to combat that trend and provide affordable access to quality medical care to all New Jersey residents.
CarePoint Health focuses on medical treatment, preventative medicine, and healthcare education through the coordinated efforts of quality hospitals, leading physicians, and includes a network of more than 1,000 physicians and three hospitals: Bayonne Medical Center, Christ Hospital in Jersey City, and Hoboken University Medical Center.