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RELEASE

May 21, 2008

 

Governor Corzine's Statement On His Visit To Ancora
Sees Progress and Improvement
Winslow Township – Governor Jon S. Corzine today visited Ancora Psychiatric Hospital to meet with employees to discuss reform measures being implemented at the facility.  The Governor has visited Ancora several times and was recently there in March to view evening shift operations.
 
 
“We're on a path of significant progress and improvement,” said Governor Corzine.  “While steps have been taken to correct some issues that were previously identified, the Administrative Order executed by Commissioner Velez today sets forth a critical restructuring effort that will improve administration, staff development and more importantly, patient care.”

Reducing the patient population and achieving greater accountability and transparency have been key issues facing Ancora. The new Administrative Order addresses these concerns in addition to patient care, which will be separated into a two tract system of Acute Care and Extended Care.

“Commissioner Velez, Assistant Commissioner Martone and Acting CEO Roberts are to be commended for stepping up to the plate and spearheading these restructuring efforts,” added the Governor.  “Change is never easy, but I can assure you the strides that already have been achieved are making a difference. We remain firm in our commitment to ensure a culture of wellness and recovery at Ancora.”

 
 
 
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