If residents of Rockaway’s west end do not believe that the closing of Peninsula Hospital is a devastating blow to our lifestyles, they are out of touch with reality. Although never at the top of the Most Efficient Hospitals list, PH served its purpose as a safety net for our geographical location. Not having PH means double the transport time to the ‘next closest’ hospital facility. It means lives will be lost which translates to a decline in home values. It does, indeed, seem like a bad dream that the west end of our peninsula is without the hospital that has been here for over 100 years. Those honchos who babysat the demise of the hospital over the last decade should be held liable for this catastrophe as it never should have occurred.
What can west enders expect hospital wise in the future? If the deal with Revival HHC is found to be invalid and the nursing home/rehab facility (the money-maker) is part of the remaining package, it might not be such a bad idea to extend the nursing home to the third floor of PH and use the two other floors as a neighborhood hospital. At least the hospital would be assured income from its third floor to offset expenditures.
We grieve today, Tuesday, with the announcement that the administrator lies finally caught up with the truth, the result of which is a closed facility. A criminal investigation must ensue and charges pressed against whomever the shoe fits. This is, indeed, a west end tragedy.