From the Times Ledger:
Emergency rooms around the borough are already experiencing “significant” spikes in incoming patients this week as Queens hospitals brace for the impacts of the impending closure of St. John’s Hospital Queens and Mary Immaculate Hospital.
Ole Patersen, vice president of emergency medicine and public affairs at Jamaica Hospital, said patient levels at the emergency room varied from slightly above average to between 20 percent to 30 percent above normal on different days in the last week.
City Health & Hospitals Corp. President Alan Aviles said emergency rooms at Queens Hospital Center and Elmhurst Hospital Center have seen “significant” increases in emergency department patients since news of the hospital closings first surfaced.
Oh, and did you hear about the nurses' strike?
If it had received $36 million from the state, the parent company of St. John’s and Mary Immaculate hospitals said it would have been able to continue operations at the financially troubled facilities.
$36M is a drop in the bucket compared to the corporate welfare the City, State and Feds have provided to other companies. There's something else going on here, and hopefully Attorney General Andrew Cuomo will get to the bottom of it. Or maybe he's in on it, too. Would it really surprise anyone?