Three embattled hospitals in Brooklyn are poised to close after waiting 18 months for their slice of a pending $10 billion in funds from a federal health-care funding reallocation for the state of New York.
The funds would go to troubled hospitals like Long Island College Hospital at 339 Hicks Street, according to the New York Post. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo have been campaigning to keep the facilities open despite the $13 million a month the hospital spends to serve a shrinking number of patients.
“We have been propping up [the hospitals] the last 18 months, frankly,” Cuomo said to the Post. “This is truly a crisis. This is a serious situation that affects a lot of people.”
Brooklyn Hospital Center proposed an alternative plan – to replace the hospital, owned by SUNY Downstate Medical Center, with four outpatient medical centers and 1,000 mixed-income apartments, as The Real Deal reported.
Interfaith Medical Center at 1545 Atlantic Avenue and Brookdale Hospital near East 98th Street and Linden Boulevard are also at risk, according to the Post. For now, Cuomo has agreed to fund Interfaith’s operations until March. [NYP] – Angela Hunt