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The May 12 deadline to submit formal offers to acquire Mountainside Hospital is imminent, and we are still in the dark about who exactly will apply. Richard Harries, spokesperson for Community Friends of Mountainside (CFMH) a community based group that is trying to get the hospital back, may be competing against as many as seven other entities. Hospitals that have expressed interest are Newark based Cathedral Healthcare System and St. Joseph's Healthcare System in Paterson. And Harries said of CFMH "Everything is on schedule for bidding on May 12, at 2 pm." From the Montclair Times:
Not wanting to tip his hand to potential competitors, Harries would only say that the community group’s bid would include plans to introduce “a new lead surgery and would be modifying a lot of the hospital departments.” However, in earlier interviews with The Times, Harries has indicated it was likely that CFMH’s takeover report to Atlantic Health would propose the addition of elective heart surgeries, not currently performed at Mountainside.
In a prepared release issued this week, Harries stated that the CFMH’s membership now tops 1,000 citizens. In addition, he stated that “140 attending physicians have now contributed financially and given full support and express solidarity for the Community Friends to be the sponsor of Mountainside Hospital.”