Updated 02/28/2009 04:33 PM
Clock Winds Down For Queens Hospitals
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Two hospitals in Queens are set to stop accepting patients Saturday night at midnight as they prepare to close for good.
St. John's Queens and Mary Immaculate Hospitals will officially shut down Monday after wrapping up last minute business.
Workers are expected to hold a vigil Saturday night outside St. John's.
The hospitals are closing because their operator, Caritas Healthcare, recently filed for bankruptcy.
The move will leave about 2,500 people out of work.
Since the closures were announced, protests have been held with demonstrators asking Albany to step in.
State health officials say they've given Caritas $50 million in recent years and can't afford any more financial support.
Last week, the state did agree to an $18 million grant, of which $15 million will be used to expand inpatient and emergency room services at other Queens hospitals that will take on the extra patients.