Developer Uri Kaufman is buying the old Rockaway Courthouse on Beach Channel Drive for $50,000 and turning it into a medical center, filling a void left when the bankrupt Peninsula Hospital shut down last year.
Last week, the New York State Health Department ordered the hospital to stop admitting new patients and end all surgeries for 30 days and develop a plan to transfer current patients.
The decision came after inspectors found “problems that failed to meet the accepted standards of care” with Peninsula’s clinical lab which the state said put patients at risk.
As Peninsula Hospital struggles to stay alive, it has been told to stop accepting new patients and transfer existing patients. Ambulances will also be diverted.
State Senator Malcolm Smith called for an investigation into the planned closure of the Peninsula Hospital in Queens.
The debt deal is no deal at all for many of the most vulnerable residents in the Tri-State Area. They may face long-term pain.
A Queens hospital is in desperate need of a lifeline. Peninsula Medical Center is going bankrupt and facing closure. Now, employees and patients say the fight is on.