From the Times Ledger:
When Borough President Helen Marshall toured the emergency rooms at Jamaica Hospital and Forest Hills Hospital last month, she was startled by what she saw.
“The whole floor was just people in those gurneys,” Marshall said. “They were packed together, one next to the other and all down the halls. There were at least 20 that were waiting to be admitted, but there were no beds. There was just no space.”
The scene Marshall described has become commonplace in Queens. In the wake of St. John’s and Mary Immaculate hospitals shutting down Feb. 28 after its management company, Caritas Health Care Inc., filed for bankruptcy, many of the borough’s 10 hospitals have been operating above capacity in what Marshall and hospital administrators have deemed a “public health crisis” in Queens.