Hospital Battle Continues
This after he said, "Our strategy is we're going to take back our hospital."
Certainly strategies abound in the struggle to make state Health Commissioner Heather Howard and Solaris officials see things Plainfield's way. Green wants to hold up a $170 million bond issue for Solaris until all the community's questions about the parent company's dealings with Muhlenberg are answered. The mayor says there are four buyers in the wings. Meanwhile, Muhlenberg has surrendered its license to the state, so a new entity would have to start from scratch with licensing, as I understand it.
In answer to questions from the public, the mayor said she does believe the city did all it could do to keep Muhlenberg open. Green complimented People's Organization for Progress for all its activism to save Muhlenberg.
"They have brought us together," he said, even though a lot of the heat from POP was directed at elected officials.
Borrowing a street term to describe the new battle, Green said, "It's on."
The mayor, Green and about 30 activists at the forum did seem to be on more cordial terms than in the past, a feat in itself as the 2009 election season also seems to be "on."
Memo to JG: Don't bother to call me at home to yell at me. I have caller ID and I'm not picking up.