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The Call Blog: Interfaith Medical Center Gets Two-Week Reprieve

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It's just astounding to me to see so many hospitals with their fates up in the air. It seems court decision after court decision just pushes back the closure date, rather than come up with a long-term solution. Some of these hospitals might be too far gone to save, but there are others that have been mismanaged and can be rescued in the right hands. Let's hope that they can get to that point.

Just hours before it was set to shutdown, Interfaith Medical Center is granted a brief reprieve. A judge today adjourned a hearing that would have put a closure plan in place until September 11th. Supporters hailed the decision, saying it gives the hospital more time to come up with a restructuring plan to save the financially-struggling Brooklyn facility.

The reprieve comes after hospital workers, residents and elected officials argued the State Department of Health approved Interfaith’s closure plan without the required 90-day review period. They say a closure would hurt thousands of Brooklynites, and called on Albany and the hospital’s board to come up with a long-term solution that preserves essential healthcare at the hospital. But, the operators of the hospital have long said the facility does not have the finances to stay open.

This is just the latest in a string of high-profile hospital closure fights, including Brooklyn’s Long Island College Hospital, which supporters have also been fighting to keep open.

What is your reaction to this latest fight to keep a hospital open? If you live in the neighborhood, how will the closure of Interfaith Medical Center affect you? Do you think it’s worth fighting to preserve services at a financially-struggling hospital? Are you surprised more elected officials aren’t getting involved in the fight to keep hospitals open?

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Medical facilities should be equally available to all. A non-governmental study should be done to determine the demand in all areas of the City. The demand will vary and vary again and again over time. As the population of one area ages, the demand will increase the services demanded will change. Access is another element. Is there access by subway or bus? How far away is the nearest ambulance service? Many more factors are involved.

Port Richmond

I think it's definitely worth fighting to preserve. The financial situation needs to be worked out and the hospital should remain open. It's needed in the neighborhoods it serves. Closing this hospital will cause the remaining area hospitals to cramp in more and more patients into their ER and rooms. Ambulances will have to drive further to get patients to medical care. It's not fair to the communities.

Arden Heights

By extending the closing for more reasons than finances just prolongs
the inevitable. It is going to happen. I still would like to know how
did all the previous hospitals that were closed not have town hall
meetings to explain the situation.
I find it very disheartening to hear Quinn and De Blasio just harp
on this closing and make it a political foot ball. Both should come
clean as to what the reasons were. Quinn acted as though she
looked into the closing of hospital #12 but I must ask what happened
with the previous 11? De Blasio never answered any of his e-mails and
when election time comes around he is front and center and just talks
from both side of his mouth and tells the people whatever they want
to hear.

Morris Park

Its very importantant to keep services open at all hospitals all hospitals should stay open, hospitals are the backbone to every community

Upper West Side

How are these hospitals going bankrupt? Isn't everyone covered by "Obamacare" now? There certainly is no shortage of patients.


We not longer have a hospital in Bay Ridge, our only hospital Victory Memorial closed several years ago, ( we put up a fight in vain ) now we Ridgeites have to go into another neighborhood such as Sunset Park or Park Slope for medical care, it this trend continues, soon, they will open one big hospital serving all five boroughs.( shhhh Carmen, dont give them any ideas )

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