2014-02-28 / Letters

Hospital Mishaps

Dear Editor:

As a former vice chairman of Peninsula Hospital I have lived through a shameful period of lies, phony politicians and doctors who cared about money over patients.

The State of New York mandated that Peninsula and St. Johns should consider merging. Meeting after meeting, I asked if the Bishop was in favor of the merger. The truth finally came out...only if St. Johns was the name and the Bishop in control. The state recommended a new hospital be built, Peninsula was losing a fortune each month. When Robert Levine asked for help he was told "no money is available.” Jamaica Hospital who controlled Peninsula said no to my recommendation to file Chapter 11 and reorganize.

So where was our Democratic Senator and Congressmen, our Governor? The chairman of Peninsula was a former City official who really had no power. What am I saying....

The hospital should never have been closed... each and every official involved should be kicked out by the voters who live in the fear of needing a hospital. When the poorly run NY City hospitals have the same problems we get weeping officials ready to help.

DAVID RIBET

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