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Zusy is wrong about a “Happy Compromise”

In Anne Zusy, Concerned Residents of Ridgewood, stop valley, Valley Hospital on March 18, 2009 at 1:57 pm

At last night’s Planning Board meeting Anne Zusy stated that “once people have an opportunity to read the draft Master Plan amendment, they will find that it is a ‘happy compromise’ between the needs of the Hospital and the Residents”. ANNE! YOU ARE WRONG! You are comparing the Board proposal with the wrong baseline. You cannot compare the document that the Planning Board has drafted with the Hospital’s original “wish-list” and say that there has been compromise. The hospital asked for things, such as the complete removal of FAR restrictions, that they knew would never be approved.

Remember, the Hospital approached the Council and asked if the Village would voluntarily change our laws to allow the hospital to reconstruct itself 72% bigger; with taller buildings, located closer to the boundaries and more densely packed. The baseline you should be comparing the Board proposal against is the current building envelope. Then you will understand the extreme amount of compromise the Village would be making if the amended Master Plan is approved!

Last December, the Concerned Residents of Ridgewood proposed a Minimum Requirement document that outlined a detailed true compromise position. For example, it proposed that the greater building height be accepted, but ONLY if the setbacks are made at least 60 feet from ALL four sides of the property and the roof top mechanicals are pushed back by 24 ft. The document also pointed out that the hospital’s increased size was removing light and space from the Village and so the hospital, in-return (as a compromise), should give back to the community in the form of annual payments in lieu of taxes. Even against this compromise baseline, the proposed Master Plan amendments would require the Village to do the compromising and NOT the hospital.

Webster’s Dictionary definition of “Compromise” is: “a settlement of differences by arbitration or by concert reached by MUTUAL concessions.”

The bottom-line is that: in 2007 the hospital asked to be allowed to build 900,000 sq ft of 80 ft high buildings and the Draft Master Plan allows this – where is the “compromise”? Building these huge structures would require the community to deal with six years of construction WITHOUT RELIEF – where is “happy” in all this except for the hospital?

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Valley Hospital has decided that Linwood Ave and Van Dien Ave will be widened

In Ridgewood NJ, stop valley, Valley Hospital on March 14, 2009 at 4:59 pm

A surveyor has been working all morning at the intersection of Van Dien Ave and Linwood Ave. When asked who was paying him and why, he answered, “the hospital in relation to the road widening.”

It looks like Valley Hospital has unilaterally decided that the intersection WILL be modified and the road widened. The puzzle is that the spray markings are only on the length of Linwood Ave facing the hospital, along the residential side of the street not the hospital side? A quick check with the neighbors of the hospital revealed that they were not informed that any work would take place.

Sign Sign Everywhere a Sign

In Ridgewood News, Ridgewoodsingles, stop valley on March 10, 2009 at 1:52 am

The “RidgewoodSingles.Com” signs have appeared with daylight savingd time. They are all over town.

I remember that the town was cracking down on the “Stop Valley” lawn signs. The Ridgewood Singles signs are by the curb in front of homes and businesses without the owners’s consent. Can someone make them go away? If they are an Internet business then they should be sending out spam.


We hear this over and over "Valley has not been upfront with its neighbors"

In Ridgewood New Jersey, stop valley, Valley Hospital on February 26, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Valley has not been upfront with its neighbors about its plans from the beginning of this expansion plan.

They have spent a lot of money and spread a lot of hot air about how they have “helped” the area. What they have never addressed is their negative impact on OUR COMMUNITY.
Hospital Officials have not been listening to the Hospital neighbors or given their concerns any real thought.

Their words are hollow.

The only thing between the Hospital and their grand plans has been the Planning Board. I hope that the Planning Board can give the Tax Paying Residents some kind of assurance, in writing, that the Hospital will not be able to continue to “hot air” their way through the system.

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Ridgewood board: Restrict Valley Hospital’s expansion

In stop valley, Valley Hospital on February 25, 2009 at 2:11 pm

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Valley Hospital should be restricted from expanding into surrounding residential neighborhoods, members of the Ridgewood Planning Board said.

The board, which is considering an expansion plan by the hospital, has also asked village planner Blais L. Brancheau to include language about hospital design, signage, bed use, outside lighting, parking and construction in amendments to Ridgewood’s master plan.

“There should be a statement in the master plan that the board finds it is detrimental for the hospital usage to go beyond the four corners of the hospital zone,” planning board attorney Gail L. Price said at a meeting Monday night.

Valley is asking the board to change the village master plan and Hospital-zone ordinance to accommodate its $750-million expansion plan. The hospital wants to increase its size 67 percent by adding a parking deck and replacing two older buildings with three new ones.

Valley is surrounded by residential streets and Benjamin Franklin Middle School. While hospital officials said they do not plan to expand off their campus, residents have voiced concerns that the hospital would eventually encroach on the neighborhood.

Board chairman David Nicholson asked if master plan amendments could include “a mechanism so the board could influence the overarching design of the building.”

“I could consult with the hospital about windows and the use of glass,” Brancheau replied. “But the master plan would be more appropriate to have more policy guidelines than details.”

Mayor David Pfund said there should be language describing any structural changes in order to “maintain the integrity of the village. There has been concern about the neighborhood.”

“The hospital will never be consistent with the neighborhood, but certain things can be done to mitigate the impact,” Brancheau said. Materials and design of the facade “should respect the neighborhood character,” he said.

A vocal group of residents have opposed the hospital’s plans, complaining that the new, taller buildings would tower over the neighborhood. They also worry about how years of construction will affect the middle school students.

The board wants the master plan to have language protecting residents from outside lighting glare and to regulate construction activity and traffic.

The board and Brancheau agreed that Valley should move about 100 parking spaces behind homes on one of the neighboring streets to a parking deck. That would allow a 16-foot high fence and buffer zone between the homes and the hospital.

The board deserves credit for addressing issues raised by neighbors, said Paul Gould, a member of Concerned Residents of Ridgewood, who oppose the hospital’s proposal.

But, “this process is still far from over,” he said. An unresolved issue, he said, is, what would be the impact on traffic if Valley changes some in-patient services to out-patient.

Valley has already reduced traffic in the neighborhood by 600,000 trips a year by moving services to other facilities, said Megan Fraser, a hospital spokeswoman. The hospital agrees with the board’s recommendation to move parking from its Steilen Avenue border, she said. “We’ll have the opportunity to work with people and to hear from the neighbors,” she said.

“We’re delighted the planning board is reviewing the master plan and H-zone ordinance, because those changes will allow us to go forward,” Fraser said.

The planning board will hold one more session to complete the draft amendments on March 17. It will then schedule public hearings on the hospital plan.

E-mail: groves@northjersey.com


Why does Valley Hospital really want single patient rooms?

In Ridgewood New Jersey, stop valley, Valley Hospital on February 12, 2009 at 11:37 am

Why does Valley Hospital really want single patient rooms?

Valley Hospital’s pitch to the Planning Board about needing Single Patient rooms stresses privacy and infection control, but have you ever wondered if there might be some other motivation to spending $750+ million? The hospital would have to borrow a large part of the money and the bonds would need to be repaid?

According to two articles referenced below, the reason is purely economic. Single patient rooms are:

· cheaper to maintain

· allow higher fees to charged and so increase revenue

· SHORTER LENGTH OF STAY (ie more patient treated per year for the same number of beds)

The implications are obvious for Ridgewood. Part of Valley Hospital’s (unpublicized) strategy, is to increase revenue by increasing patent turnover and increasing fees. This means more car journey’s through Ridgewood streets by out-of-town patients and their visitors. These same roads are funded by the taxpayers of Ridgewood, through land and state taxes. Road maintenance, police coverage and fire Village services are not paid for by the Hospital who pays no taxes or taxes-in-lieu like other hospitals in the area.

Valley Hospital and the many companies, trusts and corporations that provide health related services that feed off the Hospital campus are planning to gain FINACIALLY from community’s loss in quality of life through increase traffic. Do not be a passive bystander and allow this to happen.


Trinity College Dublin

“International research shows that actually single beds are cheaper to run and more cost-effective for service provisions. For a fuller review of the evidence on the lower costs of providing services in single rooms see Hugodot and Normand (2007).The reasons for the lower costs of care include lower nursing costs, shorter lengths of stay…”


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

“…They calculated that an array of therapeutic design innovations, such as single-patient rooms and decentralized nursing stations, added almost $12 million in cost (about 6 percent) to the hospital reconstruction. However, the researchers also determined that the hospital would recoup these costs in as little as one year through operational savings and increased revenue.”


Martha Stewart for 1-800-Flowers.com

The proposed Valley expansion will happen over the course of at least 10 years,

In stop valley, Valley Hospital on February 11, 2009 at 4:00 pm

The proposed Valley expansion will happen over the course of at least 10 years, regardless of neighborhood opposition. Any expansion of this great magnitude takes years — in the planning stages alone, before ground is even broken (do you really think they “could be almost finished with the job” now? Ridiculous! Have you even read about Phase I, and Phase II? Have you read about the proposal at all?)

If you were up on the facts, 7:33, you would also know that the proposal does not include the addition of beds — in fact, there is talk now of reducing the amount of beds, while INCREASING the number of parking spaces by 400. What kind of sense does that make? Not every patient in the hospital is there as a result of an emergency. So, here’s one of many possible alternatives: build a great Emergency department, and build off-site facilities to house non-emergency cases. I certainly wouldn’t mind driving for two more minutes to get to an off-site Breast Center.

Valley has run out of space — it’s a simple matter of physics. The hospital needs to develop off-site facilities nearby, similar to the one near the Fashion Center. (Can anyone honestly say that a drive to the Fashion Center is inconvenient? And who says that a hospital has to be within walking distance to be state-of-the-art? If you are truly sick, you won’t be doing a lot of walking anyway!)

Valley needs to compromise significantly. Our excellent and convenient healthcare will not disappear as a result. But our suburban way of life here in Ridgewood WILL disappear if Valley is allowed to proceed without limit.


Ridgewood residents should simply "move"?

In NIMBY, stop valley on February 11, 2009 at 12:04 pm

It’s absolutely cruel and thoughtless of you to suggest that the hundreds of Ridgewood residents who oppose the ridiculously opulent, unnecessary and dangerous Valley expansion should simply “move” — just so you can have the convenience of a mammogram without having to drive for 7 minutes!!! My husband and I worked for nearly 20 years so that we could live here. We have been improving our house on our own, all of the spackling and painting, the plans and dreams — now we should “simply move”, in this volatile economy, just so you and your friends who don’t live nearby can have your colonoscopies — think of it! — within minutes!! And what a price to pay for convenience! Our children will be walking by demolition crews and huge cranes for the remainder of their lives in Ridgewood, so that you can, what, park your car? So that aging Ridgewood baby-boomers can have a built-in retirement community without having to downsize? In 2008 alone there were 3 fatal crane accidents in NY– our children will be walking by similar sites every single day, on their way to school, and to sports activities.

Oh, and the traffic. Let me just say, it’s become worse here than it is in New York City.

I want the best medical care available, just as everyone else does. All hospitals need to upgrade periodically, of course! [What we really need here is an expanded Emergency Room, that’s it.] But nothing changes the fact that Valley has simply run out of land. There is no shame in that! Just expand elsewhere. Find a place nearby that has room for state-of-the-art improvements, without wrecking the village. I have never heard one persuasive argument about why Valley “has” to expand here in Ridgewood, at the cost of ruining entire neighborhoods and turning our Village into a burgeoning urban blight.


Valley Hospital served citation for an unsafe sidewalk.

In stop valley, Valley Hospital on February 10, 2009 at 3:32 am

The fly has learned that Ridgewood Police served a citation on Valley Hospital on Thursday for not clearing the sidewalk in front of the property it owns at 506 Linwood Ave. This was one week after the snow fall and by then the snow had turned into hard ice. The Fly also understands that on the same night as the hospital received the citation, Audrey Myers and Megan Frazer told the members of the Federated HSA that they should trust the hospital to look after their school children’s safety during their proposed hospital expansion!

Neighbors of the hospital, told the Fly that they had the contacted the Hospital’s “Construction Hotline” (managed by Megan Fraser ) six days earlier warning of the unsafe sidewalk and yet the snow was not removed? The attached picture is of the sidewalk taken 3 days after the police issued the citation showing dangerous icy conditions and 9 days after the snow fall. This sidewalk is used by BF, Travell and RHS children as they walk to and from school each day.

The fly asks, if the hospital cannot organize one contactor and quickly resolve a safety issue that involves children walking to school, how can it expect the community to believe it when it says that it can be trusted to look after the Village’s safety during a large scale building project lasting 6 years?

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