Inspira hospital merger with Salem Medical Center welcomed by staff

CARNEYS POINT — An Inspira Health Network takeover of Salem Medical Center is the best path for shoring up the small community hospital’s staffing and finances, according to testimony from employees, residents, and community leaders. Announced late last year, a proposed Inspira and SMC merger was thrown open on Wednesday for public comment before heading to Trenton for a decision from the state attorney general.

If that decision is favorable, a state Superior Court is the next and final stop for review and proposal. Joanna Rider-Bey, a nursing instructor at Salem Community College, said she does not want the Mannington hospital closed but otherwise supports a takeover.

She said she has worked for both systems. “I am so looking forward […].

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