2011-08-12 / Letters

Only Levine Knows

Dear Editor,

I just got home from the rally at Peninsula Hospital. Now, I like to know all of the facts before I get involved, but perhaps the problem with Peninsula closing is that no one except Robert Levine knows the facts related to this closing. As a result, I have to tell you what I perceive the facts to be:

Peninsula Hospital will be closed within 9 days.

1,000 people will lose their jobs when this hospital closes.

St. John’s can only handle 20,000 ER visits per year, yet Peninsula had 30,000 visits last year.

Rockaway will have only .6 beds for every thousand residents when the hospital closes. In Manhattan there are 7 beds for every 1,000 people. This means that we will be forced to lay on cots for days at a time in the hallways of St John’s if we get sick.

The elected officials have done NOTHING to help. They all came tonight to dazzle the crowd, but after the chanting and cheerleading, they talked about their re-election bids. Where were they for the last couple of months? If the hospital closes, there will be no re-election in their horizon, so maybe Michele Titus and James Sanders should focus on the people instead of on themselves.

If there is another disaster like the plane crash or a hurricane, we will not have enough resources to care for each other.

This community has supported Bob Levine and his family financially for many years. We have provided him his house in Neponsit. We paid for his cars and his college educations. It is rumored that Bob already has a job lined up. Perhaps Mr. Levine should be spending more time saving the people that have supported him for years, rather than worrying about his next job. The hospital could have been saved if he used his time calling Governor Cuomo rather than calling his buddies at other hospitals looking for a job. The fact is that if Mr. Levine is not going to help, and the public officials that we have elected to keep us safe will not help, then we all need to look out for each other. It seems that Governor Cuomo is the only person that can help at this point. I beg you to call him repeatedly over the next couple of days.

Please also call Senator Schumer, 212-486-4430 and Senator Gillibrand, 202-224-4451. This is a matter of LIFE AND DEATH.


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