Read it all and weep. Draw your own conclusions about who knew or did not know what was going on leading up to the closure of the hospital. But the fact is that from the day of the "merger" of the two hospitals Solaris was planning to close Muhlenberg. Moreover, the city's political power who must have been aware of the long range plans f ailed to involve the public in an attempt to counter them.
The author of this blog Deborah Dowe in 2008-9 had contacted a "for profit" hospital group that showed interest in the facility. It is questionable whether the municipal authorities paid any attention to them since they were focusing on a real estate entrepreneur recommended by Green at that time.
A fact that is overlooked is that when two entities merge the personnel are also combined. After the JFK/MRMC merger there was never any attempt to unite the medical staffs. Instead JFK selectively sought out certain specialist groups from MRMC and gave them inducements to bring their patients to Kennedy. This weakened the inpatient admissions at Muhlenberg of profitable patients contributing to the so called losses.
There has always been a question about the bookkeeping allotment of expenses and income in the Solaris balance sheet concerning charges allocate to Muhlenberg that were system wide and included salaries of JFK officials who had minimal contact in Plainfield.
Why has to this date Plainfield not collected taxes at least on the profit earning property that still occupies portion of the property?
A second brief post to follow.