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Department Of Health Orders Peninsula Hospital To Stop Accepting Patients

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — For all intents and purposes, the state Department of Health is shutting down a struggling hospital in the Rockaways.

Out of concern for patient safety, Peninsula Hospital has been told to stop accepting new patients and transfer existing ones. Ambulances will also be diverted.

The hospital is expected to suspend all of its emergency room operations beginning Wednesday as it continues to work on a financial plan.

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The Health Department said due to its financial status the hospital can’t meet minimum standards required by the State Hospital Code.

The Health Department released a statement saying it “continues to work with the Peninsula Hospital board to evaluate any potential plans that could provide long-term viability for the hospital.”

Joseph Miele, chairman of the hospital board, told 1010 WINS he thinks a shutdown can still be avoided and hospital officials will be presenting a plan to state health officials in Albany later this afternoon.

The Health Department could decide as early as today whether they will allow a take over or shut the hospital down.

People in the community are still hoping for a last-minute deal.

The threatened closure of the 104-year-old facility would leave only one hospital serving the Rockaways and its 100,000 residents, with new beachfront condos ready to bring more.

The 174-bed facility is said to be $60 million in debt, much of it owed to vendors, coupled with losses in Medicaid funding.

The next nearest hospital is St. John’s, about 40 blocks away. Residents said it’s already crowded and not full service, meaning trauma cases — like gunshot wounds and other major medical emergencies — would go to Jamaica Hospital, 10 miles away.

If Peninsula Hospital does shut down, it would be the fourth hospital to close in Queens since 2008.

Peninsula Hospital Center is the only hospital in the Rockaways and South Queens with the New York State Department of Health Stroke Center designation.

Do you think the hospital will be saved? Let us know below…

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  1. JEANNE says:

    The Rockaways’ are always in need of health care facilities. The scope of care needs for the Rockaway Peninsula is growing and should be reviewed before letting a key acute care facility close it’s doors to the lives it needs to serve! Leaving ONE operational ACUTE CARE FACILITY TO MANAGE THE VARIOUS MEDICAL NEEDS OF THIS PENINSULA IS A TRUE INJUSTICE !!

  2. JGALLAGHER says:

    The Rockaways’ are always in need of health care facilities. The scope of care needs for the Rockaway Peninsula is growing and should be reviewed before letting a key acute care facility close it’s doors to the lives it needs to serve! Leaving ONE operational ACUTE CARE FACILITY TO MANAGE THE VARIOUS MEDICAL NEEDS OF THIS PENINSULA IS A TRUE INJUSTICE !!

  3. Rita says:

    Thank you Dewey and Iris…the people of Rockaway will surely feel the pain if Peninsula closes….elderly, poor, sick, infirmed, young, old, black and white. What is wrong with a country where you must save a bank or a brokerage house, but a hospital is expendable. Soemone please explain it to me. We need this hospital…now and in the future…wake up out there!!!!

  4. Iris says:

    I think this is a tragedy and an injustice to the people of this peninsula. We are surrounded by water, there is an airport not far from us, god forbid there is a tragedy like in 2001 with that airplane or something like that earthquake we felt today, lets be reasonable, one hospital will NOT be able to supply this community with all the healthcare that is needed here.

  5. responsibility says:

    Rockaways to me is synonomous with gangs are serious gun violence. I’ve been told stories about how at night they can’t leave lights on because the natives takes shots at the lit windows I feel for the elderly and stroke victim side of things but I’ve always thought they kept this place and St. Johns around for all the people getting shot in the housing projects down there.

  6. bell says:

    In my opinion, a board and the President of the hospital did not do a very good job and got to this end…People supposed to strugle for the better performances of hospital much- much earlier… I do have many exemples , when the different hospital departments did not do the great jobs…But Episcopal hospital with so many medical residents and stuff will be able to performe well.

  7. DEWEY says:

    I HAVE BEEN A RESIDENT OF THE ROCKAWAYS FOR 23 YEARS. I ALWAYS HAD THE BEST OF MEDICAL CARE @ ST. JOHN’S {RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET FROM ME} ! ! IF THE STATE SHUTS PENNISULA HOSPITAL DOWN THAT WILL BE DEVASTING FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE ROCKAWAYS, PENNISULA HAS ALWAYS BEEN A GREAT HOSPITAL & WE DON’T NEED MORE CONDO’S OUT THERE, THERE ARE SOME THAT HAVE BUILT @ THE BEGINING IF THE {SO CALLED} RECESSION @ CAN’T SELL THEM & THEY ARE STILL EMPTY TO THIS DAY ! ! ! THIS IS ONE OF THE MAIN PROBLEMS IN THIS COUNTRY TODAY. TOO MANY PEOPLE TRING TO FILL THEIR POCKETS VERY FAST & IT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN RIGHT NOW. THOSE PEOPLE HAVE NO DOCTOR’S OFFICES OF ANY KIND ON THAT PART OF THE BEACH & THEY DEPEND ON PENNISULA TO SURVIVE ! ! THERE IS SOMETHING VERY WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE IT DOES NOT MAKE SENSE TO ME @ ALL, BUT WHO CARES WE ARE ONLY THE “TAX PAYERS” IN THIS COUNTRY & APPARENTLY WE AMOUNT TO NOTHING. & THE GOVENMENT IS QUICK TO GET OUR VOTES & PUT PEOPLE IN CHARGE & ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN. THIS IS “WHY” I WILL NEVER VOTE FOR ANYONE ! !

  8. Paul says:

    After years of dumping Nurshing Homes in the Rockaways, NOW they remove the Stroke Treatment Center.

    Who thinks these things up?

    …you decide.

  9. diver says:

    Why are they building beach front condos anyhow? Does anyone watch the news. Sooner or later beachfront becomes water logged more often than not.

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