The State Health Department is reviewing the latest proposal for revamping services at embattled Parkway Hospital in Forest Hills and hopes to make a decision on the plan early next month, a department spokeswoman said this week.
State mulls service cuts at Parkway
Meanwhile, a Sept. 30 deadline for closing the 251-bed facility remains in place, said spokeswoman Claire Posposil.
In a 2006 report, the Berger Commission - a special panel that evaluated the fiscal condition of health care facilities across the state - recommended that Parkway be closed. The hospital emerged from a three-year bankruptcy in late February.
"We still hope to remain an acute care facility but we presented a restructuring plan to the state in conjunction with the closing plan," said hospital spokesman Fred Stewart.
The plan under consideration would provide for fewer acute care beds. The hospital would divert "some of our space and resources to other types of health care," Stewart explained.
The possibilities include ambulatory surgery, rehabilitation and/or diagnostic services, said the spokesman.