2012-04-20 / Letters

Calling All Hospitals

Dear Editor,

Now that Peninsula Hospital is dead (I can’t believe they blotted out the name on the canopy. Is this part of the institution’s last rites?), our politicians must start thinking out of the box. They should fix it so that St. John’s opens a satellite clinic on the west end, staff it with an ER doctor and a nurse. Set up an X-ray machine and three cots. (The assigned there should be part of a rotation at St. John’s.) This clinic, a 24/7 operation, will be a good screening tool for admission to St. John’s. People suffering from heat exhaustion or minor ailments can be treated at the west end clinic. Those with more serious injuries will be transported to the hospital.

What if an ailing westender wishes to go to a Brooklyn or Manhattan hospital? Shouldn’t there be ambulances available to transport them to the hospital of their choice now that PHC is done? The summer, PHC’s busiest season, will be heaped on St. John’s.

There is no way they can handle the entire west end population’s hospital cases along with DFDs who become ill.

When one thinks about it, it would serve any city hospital well to keep a clinic and an ambulance here as our neighbors generally have health insurance ($) and will not be a drain on accounts receivable.

JOAN METTLER

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