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Interfaith Medical Center Files Request For Permission To Close With Bankruptcy Court

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Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn has taken another step towards closing its doors, as the facility filed a request for permission to close with bankruptcy court Wednesday. NY1's Michael Herzenberg filed the following report.

Jane Neverson sits on her Bed-Stuy stoop across from Interfaith Medical Center.

Over the years, she rushed there for a variety of emergencies.

"The attendants, the doctors and nurses was very good," Neverson said.

Now, she and others worry about how its closure will effect their lives.

"It's terrible that they're going to shut it down," she said.

Clinton Colson rode to Interfaith on his bicycle Wednesday to make an appointment, only to find out the hospital is on its last legs.

"Bad, bad, bad," he said. "I have a bad heart. This is my hospital, and if it close, what y'all going to do with me?"

If the closure plan is approved, the hospital will begin diverting ambulances and stop admitting patients on August 15.

Elective surgeries at Interfaith will stop on August 22, the emergency room will close on September 14, inpatient care will stop on September 15, outpatient care will stop on October 15 and the building could be completely closed by November 14.

Single mother Shannon Lindsey is among more than 1,500 employees who found out about the closure plan Tuesday and who were issued warnings of layoffs

"It's going to hurt me very badly. I have three children. I have one in college. I have two high schoolers," she said.

Medical professionals and Brooklyn residents marched across the Brooklyn Bridge last week. The theme of the march was a funeral procession. It was chosen to highlight the possible deadly consequences to closing Interfaith and also financially troubled Long Island College Hospital in Cobble Hill.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said it's up to the state, but you can't have a hospital on every corner.

"When you have hospitals that are so small that they don't have all of the technology that you'd like to have at a bigger hospital, or that they just don't have the use of beds and they can't afford it," he said.

Clinton Colson worries about how far he'll have to bike to get help.

"They say I'm a dead man walking, my heartbeat is so low," he said.

Jane Neverson worries about how long she'll wait with more people at fewer hospitals.

"How long you going to sit in the hospital?" she said. "Right now, you go to the hospital, you spend hours before you get through."

The bankruptcy court will look at the closure plan on the first closure date, August 15.

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