ANOTHER DYING BROOKLYN HOSPITAL: Interfaith facing possible closure

July 23, 2013 Associated Press
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A second Brooklyn hospital is facing possible closure.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the state health department has rejected a restructuring plan designed to save Interfaith Medical Center.

Deputy Health Commissioner Karen Westervelt instead told the hospital’s trustees in a July 19 letter to resubmit a modified plan to close the hospital.

Interfaith must submit the modified plan by Thursday.

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Hospital officials say they’ll continue to pursue options to keep the facility open. Interfaith is currently in bankruptcy proceedings.

It serves an overwhelming low-income population in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

The trustees have requested a meeting with the health department.

Meanwhile, plans are proceeding to close the financially strapped Long Island College Hospital in downtown Brooklyn.

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