At exactly 12:01 a.m., Montefiore Medical Center took over all operations at Our Lady of Mercy Hospital in Wakefield. The hospital will now be called "Montefiore North." They made the announcement this morning at 10 a.m.
Most staffers we spoke with at the opening said they thought the change would be positive. OLM had been experiencing serious financial problems and Montefiore basically stepped in to save the facility from closure.
Dr. Steven Safyer (above), Monte's president and CEO, said the hospital was "bleeding financially" and believes Monte can be the tourniquet. Safyer said they planned to keep all of the hospitals employees on staff.
The first baby born under new management was Joevan Eliel (pictured with mom, Vanessa Alvarado) who was born at 1:17 a.m.