Congressman Bob Turner (NY-09) released the following statement in response to the New York State Department of Health's recently released report explaining its decision to shut the 104-year-old Peninsula Hospital Center in the Rockaways.
"I am disappointed that the Department of Health (DOH) feels its report provides adequate insight into its decision to shut the doors of the Peninsula Hospital Center for good. The closure of Peninsula Hospital has created a healthcare emergency for the 130,000 year-round residents of the Rockaway Peninsula. This hospital has served this community for more than 104 years and the DOH came into this situation seemingly dead-set on closing the doors of the hospital by any means necessary. I have not seen a single positive step being taken by them to try and save this hospital. They have denigrated any and all attempts to solve this problem. Rather than trying to solve the problems, the DOH became the biggest one. Residents and former employees have serious questions and concerns regarding the closure of a hospital that was both a major medical care provider and employer in the area. The report does little to nothing to address how the state plans to meet the needs of local residents as they move forward. I implore the Health Department to act responsibly and clue local residents in about how they plan to address what could constitute a potential healthcare disaster in the wake of a single storm or any other medical emergency. The behavior of the DOH has been nothing but disappointing, and I truly wonder what their end-game is."
Congressman Bob Turner represents New York's 9th Congressional district and serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and House Committee on Homeland Security.