Writing On The Wall
While the news of Peninsula Hospital is very grim, is there actually anybody who didn’t see the writing on the wall? The peninsula’s biggest employer and busiest hospital’s loss will be a major blow to a community already suffering with no political representation. The sad fact is that this closure could have been avoided if not for the mismanagement and lack of info on the fact by the hospital that it was in trouble. At a Belle Harbor Property owner’s meeting earlier this year, Peninsula’s spokesperson, Allan Corby, was asked by me if there were any problems with the hospital. He told me he had to run, he had a previous engagement.
When I asked president Sylvan Klein why we didn’t ask him about any problems with Peninsula I was told, “This is not the time or place.“ All of these meetings are great until you ask the tough questions.
What a shame that anyone who spoke about the problems at Peninsula was treated like Chicken Little. Well now the sky is falling and it is probably too late. How many Rockaway families will this affect both financially and healthwise. To lose a hospital from a growing community should be considered a major emergency. While Peninsula was falling down around them there are still good hardworking people working there. What will they do now. They have constantly been lied to, lost their medical coverage, not had their pensions fund paid. If this hospital closes then a hard look should be given to both MediSys Health Network, which owns the hospital and has already had problems in their other facilities, and the management of the hospital who were untruthful with their employees and this community. Let’s also watch for what is going to be put into the building and if there was not a deal in place for quite a while.