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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Muhlenberg closure commemorated this afternoon

Attendees at previous Commemorations.

PARKING ALERT: Please use Randolph Road, Park Avenue and the side streets; Solaris will not allow parking in the hospital lot facing Park Avenue.

Plainfielders and others in the former Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center's service area will gather this afternoon for the third annual commemoration of the hospital's closure.

While Solaris Health System no longer allows the use of the parking lot at Randolph Road and Park Avenue, where previous commemorations were held, 'the sidewalks belong to the people' as Muhlenberg activist Dottie Gutenkauf notes.

Sponsored by the the POP/Restore Muhlenberg Coalition, the gathering will be along Park Avenue near the Randolph Road intersection. In previous years, attendees have carried large posters and invited passersby to honk in support of the effort to reopen Muhlenberg either as an acute care hospital or with another health-related focus.

The Satellite Emergency Division which operates out of the Muhlenberg campus is only guaranteed for two more years, so the future of the SED will surely be one of the questions on people's minds. Supporters have also expressed concerns about securing another ambulance to serve the Plainfield area as well as the future of the Muhlenberg Foundation, which controls monies raised in support of the former hospital.

Third Annual

Saturday, August 13

4:30 PM

Park Avenue & Randolph Road

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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