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Big moves on Hoboken University Medical Center Board

City of Hoboken announces:

Hoboken Municipal Hospital Authority Appoints
New Chairperson and Vice-Chair
City of Hoboken, Thursday, March 25, 2010 – The Hoboken Municipal Hospital Authority appointed board Commissioner Toni Tomarazzo and Assistant Secretary E. Norman Wilson as the Chair and Vice-Chairman respectively of the governing board at Wednesday’s monthly meeting. Tomarazzo joined the board as Commissioner at the beginning of this year and replaces Kevin Kramer who became Chairman in September of 2009. Kramer cited the need to spend more time with his family, as both he and his wife are expecting their first child in June. Kramer will remain on the board as a Commissioner. Wilson has served on the board since its inception in 2006.

Tomarazzo, a graduate of Seton Hall Law School, is an attorney and works for a financial services firm as regulatory counsel. E. Norman Wilson is a former Hoboken City Council member and is the former director of HOPES, a social services organization.

As an experienced health law attorney, Kramer  provided the Authority with guidance on the many complex financial, legal and compliance issues that hospitals face. As Chairman, he helped HUMC progress in a time of financial instability by building public support, ensuring greater oversight of the hospital’s operations, and charting a course for growth. 
During Kramer’s tenure, the Hoboken University Medical Center opened a state-of-the-art Emergency Department and expanded its Center for Maternal Fetal Medicine.

“It has been my focus since the first day I became Chairman to help this hospital remain viable and become vibrant,” Kramer said.  “I am proud of my time as Chairman and look forward to working with the Authority to continue this trend going forward.”

“I want to thank Kevin Kramer for his service as Chairman of the hospital’s governing board and I look forward to continuing to work with him and the new Chairperson and Vice-Chair,” Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer said. “The road ahead is challenging, but I am confident that the governing board, and the HUMC Administration can work together to implement strategies for the financial well-being of the hospital and Hoboken’s taxpayers.”

At last night’s meeting, the governing board approved moving forward with a process to hire special legal counsel for expert advice on strategies and opportunities that will allow the hospital to transition out of municipal ownership. 

The board will be interviewing various candidates at a meeting to be scheduled as soon as possible.  Chairperson Tomarazzo indicated that she expects the firm which is chosen to have health care expertise and to also help guide the hospital in all financially related matters.

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