Congressional Candidate David Weprin joined hospital workers, doctors, patient advocates, and other elected officials at a rally this afternoon in support of Peninsula Hospital's patients and workers. The expected closure of Peninsula Hospital could cause 1,000 local workers to lose their jobs. Additionally, Peninsula is one of only two hospitals serving the local community, and its closure would significantly reduce access to hospital services, especially trauma care.
"Peninsula's closure could devastate the Rockaway communities," said Weprin. "We need to see a plan that guarantees local patients will have access to adequate hospital care and that preserves these 1,000 jobs." Peninsula Hospital is the only hospital within 10 miles of Far Rockaway with a trauma center. The next nearest hospital in Far Rockaway, St. John's Episcopal Hospital, would need to expand its facilities and operations if it were to adequately serve the community.
Medicaid provider reimbursements have been cited as one of the key causes of Peninsula's financial problems. This is the fourth hospital to close in Queens since 2008.
"We simply can't afford to see hospital after hospital fall victim to the reckless Medicaid cuts my opponent supports," said Weprin. "In Congress, I will fight to protect Medicare and Medicaid from Washington Republicans' devastating plan to end Medicare and Medicaid."