Patients before Profits
Fighting to reshape a healthcare business model built for profits, not patients.
As negotiations between more than 1,000 members of the Health Professionals and Allied Employees (HPAE) and CarePoint Health began this past spring, the workers made their goals clear: They wanted patient safety and workers’ rights to be the top priority.
HPAE, the AFT Nurses and Health Professionals affiliate in New Jersey, represents 850 nurses and health professionals at Bayonne Medical Center and 400 nurses at Christ Hospital in Jersey City. Members at both facilities know the hospital system CarePoint well. The for-profit company took over both community hospitals as well as Hoboken University Medical Center (which is not represented by HPAE) nearly two years ago. Since then, CarePoint hospitals in New Jersey are among the most expensive places to be a patient.