In a letter to employees today, the company stated it would be ending services by April 1, 2020.
The company wrote, “MONOC has experienced a challenging financial environment caused by declining reimbursements and increasing payor restrictions, while the costs of running a high quality, high performance EMS and medical transport program, continued to rise over the last few years. In 2018, our member hospitals for the first time in over 25 years, began paying a subsidy to MONOC to assist with our financial short fall.”
MONOC also said it saw a decline in service participation from their members.
“With that said, the MONOC Board of Directors have voted unanimously to dissolve MONOC and transfer the MICU program to the patron-hospitals. This will ensure continued viability of MICU services in all of Monmouth and Ocean counties, as well as the designated municipalities within Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic, and Union counties, currently provided by MONOC.”
In the letter, the President wrote, “After 40 years of service to our member hospitals and their surrounding communities, we will prepare to say goodbye to our incredible employees who have worked so hard and dedicated themselves to the mission of MONOC for so long. To our friends in the EMS community and to the new MICU programs that will launch throughout our catchment area, we turn the torch over to you and expect you to carry it forward with reverence for the high quality of service we provided. It is certainly a sad time for those of us who collectively form the MONOC Family, but we know new opportunities await us and we are comforted by the knowledge that we set the tone and led the way in EMS in New Jersey for decades.’
Hatzolah of Central Jersey issued the following statement to TLS in response.
“Once we know more, we will be in a position to make decisions. We are confident that Hatzolah will continue to provide ALS service to the communities it serves.”