Caritas Healthcare Inc., a two-hospital system in Queens, is sending out notice to its 2,500 workers that it anticipates having to close.
The hospitals, Mary Immaculate and St. John’s, may still be saved, if politicians and state agencies can come up with enough cash to keep them afloat. Supporters hope that Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith, a Queens Democrat, can arrange a last-minute bailout by convincing the governor to release funds.
But Caritas’ board of directors gave hospital executives the go-ahead on Wednesday to close, or file for bankruptcy, or both, if no last-minute bailout happens. St. John’s and Mary Immaculate provide health care services to about 200,000 Queens residents annually.
And from the Queens Chronicle:
A study by Marshall’s office in 2006 found that Queens is already lacking in services compared to other boroughs. Manhattan, with a population of 1.5 million, has 7.4 beds per 1,000 people. Queens, with a population of 2.3 million, has 1.4 beds per 1,000 people. That does not include the loss of the 250 beds following New Parkway Hospital’s closure in November.
Well, well, well. Looks like the Machine has its work cut out for it. Will they come through and save these 2 hospitals, or will Queens get left out in the cold yet again?