23 Jun: Rice / Whelan Bill To Require Hospitbal Boards To Undergo Training Received Final Legislative Approval

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senators Ronald L. Rice and Jim Whelan to require all hospital board trustees to complete a training program received final Legislative approval today.

“Hospital trustee members should be properly trained to fulfill their duties,” said Senator Rice, D-Essex. “Trustees must ensure that hospitals are operating efficiently and are financially responsible. Sufficient education and training are vital to ensuring that hospitals are staffed with the most qualified individuals in order to prevent mismanagement of resources.”

From left to right: Senators Ronald L. Rice, D-Essex, Jim Whelan, D-Atlantic, and Dana Redd, D-Camden and Gloucester, listen to testimony before the Senate Health Committee.

22 May: Rice-Whelan Bill To Ensure Training For Hospital Trustees Approved

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senators Ronald L. Rice and Jim Whelan which would guarantee that hospital trustees in New Jersey receive the appropriate training to prepare them for the job was approved by the Senate today by a vote of 35-2.

“New Jersey’s hospitals, particularly in many urban areas, are in crisis,” said Senator Rice, D-Essex. “Recently, it seems that every time I open the newspaper, I read about another hospital – serving mostly uninsured or the working poor – which is shutting its doors, because it cannot afford to continue to provide health care in the Garden State. Whether this is a sign of the times or an effect of sky-rocketing health care costs, we need well-trained hospital trustees who are prepared to roll with the punches and can navigate hospitals down the rough road ahead.”