2011-11-18 / Letters

PHC Deserves State Consideration

Dear Editor,

It was quite amazing to see how our community stood outside Peninsula Hospital day and night in the heat and rain last summer to try to keep the doors open. We kept asking for the intervention of our great governor Andrew Cuomo to provide a bailout.

The New York State Department of Health practically told us to drop dead because there was nothing they could do for us. They were working on a closure plan. We screamed and chanted loudly for Governor Cuomo to help us. As we kept up the pressure three potential buyers came forward. This gave time for the local hospital board to file a bankruptcy petition and stop the closure.

Now my blood pressure is boiling. I found a reference in the online City and State First Read about an article in the Thursday, November 10 edition of the New York Times. Five Brooklyn hospitals, Interfaith, Wyckoff Heights, Brookdale, Kingsborough and Brooklyn Hospital are facing financial disaster and are in danger of closing. There is a plan under discussion by the Brooklyn Work Group which might expunge the hospitals’ debt of more than $1 billion, partly at public expense, and bring in new management.

Peninsula Hospital Center did not get any public funding. We are asking for the same consideration. It is about time government wakes up and realizes the need and importance of quality health care for all in New York City.

Recent reports on TV clearly showed overcrowding in emergency rooms in many New York City hospitals. The average wait time was four hours.

A major reason is the lack of doctors willing to accept the low Medicaid reimbursement rates.

To immediately assist providing emergency care, additional funding must be granted to the Addabbo Health Center to allow them to remain open until midnight. They provide the kind of service that private doctors used to provide for private patients. The hospital emergency rooms would have a better chance to help those patients who need their specialized care. It is time that Governor Cuomo and New York State step forward to prevent tragedies in our community.

LEW M. SIMON

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