Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Peninsula Hospital closed for good
The signs posted on the doors of Peninsula Hospital in Far Rockaway, Queens are directing patients to St. John's Episcopal Hospital. At 9 a.m. Monday, Peninsula's emergency room officially closed, completing a total shutdown of the facility.
Former employees said dozens of their former colleagues turned out for a prayer vigil at 9 a.m. for one last emotional goodbye.
Former employees said the hospital feels like a ghost town. Most of them had already cleaned out their lockers a month ago when they were laid off.
The hospital had faced financial trouble for several years and had its lab closed by the state in February for a number of violations. They were ordered to cancel all surgeries and were forced to transfer patients to other hospitals nearby.
By mid-day Monday, crews took down the emergency room billboards.