Parkway Hospital, New York City’s only privately-owned hospital, is shutting down after a long court fight to remain open. Because Parkway lost its gamble to stay open, it will have to pay its own closure costs instead of tapping millions of dollars in state money.
The Forest Hills hospital was on the state’s list of facilities that were mandated to close by the New York State Commission on Healthcare Facilities in the 21st Century, known as the Berger commission. Parkway refused to comply, and instead brought its battle to the courts.
But that end-run around the state’s mandate failed last week when the state Department of Health let Parkway’s operating certificate expire on Oct. 30, bringing an abrupt end to the contentious battle. Last week, the judge overseeing Parkway’s court fight denied a motion to reargue a temporary restraining order on the closure, while an appellate court denied Parkway's request to appeal.
After long fight, Queens' Parkway Hospital closes