ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- The New York state Department of Health is denying a Queens hospital's request to continue operating as a health care facility.
Parkway Hospital was ordered to close by a commission put together by former Gov. George Pataki. The so-called Berger Commission recommended closing nine hospitals, restructuring 50 more and cutting nearly 3,000 nursing home beds.
The plan was to reduce Medicaid costs.
Parkway was first ordered to close by June 30, but was given an extension to Sept. 30.
The hospital will be ineligible for government reimbursement if it continues operating.
Dr. Robert Aquino, the hospital's owner, did not immediately return calls for comment.
While some hospitals have been granted extensions under Berger, none have been given a total reprieve.