Hackensack University Medical Center is a step closer with its efforts to reopen the hospital facility in the Pascack Valley on June 6. The New Jersey State Supreme Court denied Englewood Hospital and Medical Center's and Valley Hospital's appeal against HUMC's certificate of need application. In early June, HUMC and LHP Hospital Group submitted the application, along with a petition with just less than 10,000 signatures, after several area officials called for the former Pascack Valley Hospital to reopen. During his campaign, Governor Christie promised to reopen the facility, which has been operating as an emergency facility since its closure for bankruptcy in 2007. "The court's decision constitutes very positive progress toward restoring much needed acute care hospital services for residents of the Pascack Valley and Northern Valley regions," Robert C. Garrett, president/CEO for HUMC said.