From the Daily News:
The closure of two bankrupt Queens hospitals added more than 2,500 names to the ever-expanding unemployment rolls and left central Queens residents with fewer health-care options.
But the loss of Mary Immaculate Hospital in Jamaica and St. John's Queens in Elmhurst also cut a gaping hole in ambulance coverage in central Queens - forcing the FDNY and other area hospitals to fill the void.
Together, the now-defunct hospitals covered 28 tours - or eight-hour shifts - per day.
Sixteen of those tours were for advanced life support - an ambulance staffed by a paramedic. The rest were basic life support - an ambulance staffed by an emergency medical technician.
Click the link to find out how they made up for it.
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