City Politics

Closure Of Interfaith Medical Center Is Imminent

Healthcare crisis in Brooklyn can no longer
wait even a single day

Elected officials are extremely concerned that mediation between the Interfaith Medical Center (IMC), the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) and the Department of Health (DOH) regarding a future plan for IMC, which was mandated on November 13, 2013 by Chief Bankruptcy Judge Carla E. Craig, has reached a standstill. They say that with the courts closed on both December 24th and 25th, the Center will permanently shut its doors to the public the day after Christmas unless action is taken by this Monday, December 23, 2013.

Assemblypersons Annette Robinson and Walter Mosley are among the federal, state, and city representatives now reaching out to Governor Andrew Cuomo, asking him to direct the Department of Health to issue a third postponement so that the mediation process can be completed and financial alternatives explored.

“As the upstate region benefits from Governor Cuomo’s generous tax breaks and funding awards, New York City, and more specifically Brooklyn, has been left to starve for the past three years. The current situation has become very simple: unless the Governor acts now, hundreds of thousands of marginalized Brooklynites will lose their primary source of healthcare, said Assemblyman Walter Mosley.

The officials are asking for a commitment of $2-3 million from the DOH for continued operations in the belief that Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center would have time to determine a more financially feasible Campus Plan for the acquisition of IMC – preserving nearly 750 jobs.

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