2012-04-06 / Top Stories

PHC Protesters Storm DOH

Protesters outside NYS DOH headquarters in Manhattan on Wednesday. Protesters outside NYS DOH headquarters in Manhattan on Wednesday. Local residents and Peninsula Hospital Center employees were joined by local politicians to protest the hospital’s closing outside the New York State Department of Health at 90 Church Street in Manhattan on Wednesday afternoon at the height of rush hour.

In attendance were Peninsula Hospital Board members Steve Greenberg and Joe Mure, Joseph Lynch president and chairman A.J. Smith of the Breezy Point Coop.

At 9 a.m. Thursday morning local attorney John Macron was set to be in Eastern District Federal Bankruptcy Court on behalf of Dr. Wayne Dodakian to ask for an injunction to stop the closing.

He argued that all documents show that the hospital is ready to function. Although stories are circulating that the State Health Department inspection has found that the hospital lab did not pass, lab workers and hospital security tell us that no state inspectors have visited since the new equipment was installed and the staff declared it completely ready.

“We are concerned that bankruptcy trustee may try to sell off valuable hospital equipment and supplies to raise money for creditors. We understand that the trustee, Lori Lapin Jones, would receive a substantial part of the funds raised by the sale,” Democratic District Leader Lew M. Simon, who led the protest, said in a statement.

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