Updated 08/22/2011 11:16 PM
Peninsula Hospital Board Meets As Residents Rally
Administrators are making a last-ditch effort to try to keep Peninsula Hospital open in the Rockaways, but they may not be in time to save the hospital from bankruptcy. NY1’s Nicole Ward filed the following report.
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A Peninsula Hospital board member said Monday that there are three people who are interested in taking over the administration, and with the hospital in danger of shutting down as soon as Tuesday, community members are hoping for a last minute deal.
Kathy Olivo is worried about her sister. She’s recovering from major surgery at Peninsula Hospital.
“They can't take her or the other four patients out of here because they're all in critical condition," said Olivo.
She’s not the only one concerned. Residents of the Rockaways rallied by the hundreds near the hospital Monday night.
Peninsula Hospital has been on the brink of bankruptcy. If it shuts down, it leaves only St. John's Hospital to serve the Rockaways, something residents say could mean the difference between life and death.
“What will happen is that we will have a lot of people losing their lives because St. John’s is very far away,” said one resident who lives in the community and works at Peninsula.
The hospital board met Monday night, and Joseph Mure, a board member, said three people have expressed a willingness to take over hospital administration.
“It was a very intensive meeting. The board is doing their best to keep this hospital open," said Mure.
However, the final call is up to the state Department of Health, and there are still concerns over money for supplies and staff.
The next step is for the Department of Health to meet again with board members and decide whether they'll choose someone else to take over or shut Peninsula down.
That could happen as soon as Tuesday.