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Saturday, August 13, marks the third anniversary of the closing of Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center in Plainfield, and it will be marked by a community commemoration at 4:30 pm at the intersection of Park Avenue and Randolph Road in Plainfield.
Muhlenberg served Plainfield and a dozen surrounding communities in three counties for more than 130 years. The proposal to close it was made by its owner, Solaris Health Systems, which also owns JFK Hospital in Edison. The State Health Planning Board came to Plainfield for two public hearings in the high school auditorium, which seats more than a thousand people and was standing room only both times. A third public hearing was held in the Trenton area, and more than 150 Plainfielders attended.
Unfortunately, although the communities affected and their leaders spoke up loud and clear, Solaris was allowed to close Muhlenberg on August 13, 2008. A yearly commemoration has been held ever since.
The community effort was led by the People’s Organization for Progress and spurred the establishment of the Save Muhlenberg Coalition, now the Restore Muhlenberg Coalition. POP and the Coalition are sponsoring the commemoration.
For more information, contact me at 908-668-1149 or by email at dottiegutenkauf(at)gmail.com. We hope to see you there!