Having recently spent some time in Peninsula Hospital, I should like to express my gratitude to the staff, especially the nurses, who shine in what appears to me to be a dismal environment. Every fitted bed sheet I saw was full of holes. The stands that held IV’s were rusted. The bottoms of things like elevator doors, closets and cabinets were chipped. There was mildew on the ceiling of the echocardiogram room. It is a good bet that nothing has been done there maintenance-wise since the last time I was in Peninsula fifteen years ago. Were it not for the spirit of the workforce, one would think the hospital was on the critical list.
This letter is not to bemoan the current condition of the hospital as much as it is to beg the powers that be to save it. With our ever increasing Arverne by the Sea population and the Mc Mansions housing large families from Breezy to Rockaway Park and with the knowledge that St. John’s Hospital in Far Rockaway could never handle the ill of the entire peninsula, our local hospital must be saved. Our vision of Peninsula is humble. It should be a neighborhood hospital with referral rights to other hospitals where specialties are practiced.
Letters I beseech the powers that be at Peninsula to find an established hospital in New York with which you can partner, figure out how to turn a profit and prosper. We, in Rockaway have already lost the jobs that came with the closing of Neponsit Home. We cannot endure the loss of jobs and the convenience of those jobs that would come with the closing of Peninsula hospital.
Politicians, hear our plea. Do everything in your power to keep Peninsula Hospital open and improve the outdated interior so as to bring the structure up to date. Our peninsula would be poorer in every sense with the closing of Peninsula Hospital.