Sunday, February 12, 2012

Kingsboro Psychiatric Center Closing

Another medical center will close in New York City ; City Council Speaker Christine Quinn maintains her deadly silence on hospital closings.

The New York State Office of Mental Health is closing Kingsboro Psychiatric Center in Flatbush, Brooklyn. Kingsboro Psychiatric Center joins a long list of hospitals that have closed in New York City under City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's watch.

2012 01 31 Kingsboro Psychiatric Center Public Notice Closing

The notice of closing was issued on January 31, 2012. So far, Speaker Christine Quinn has issued no statement about neither Kingsboro Psychiatric Center's closing, nor the numerous other hospital closings across New York City, including the controversial closing of St. Vincent's Hospital, which is now being converted into a massive billion-dollar luxury condo and townhouse complex by the politically-connected Rudin family.

In the time that Christine Quinn has been Speaker of the New York City Council, at least eight city hospitals have closed. In 2010, North General Hospital in Harlem declared bankruptcy and St. Vincent's Hospital in the West Village shut down after shady backroom meetings. In 2009, two hospitals in Queens – St. John's Queens Hospital in Elmhurst and Mary Immaculate Hospital in Jamaica – went bankrupt. In 2008, Cabrini Medical Center in Manhattan, Parkway Hospital in Queens, and Victory Memorial Hospital in Bay Ridge closed. And in 2007, St. Vincent's Midtown in Manhattan was closed. Separately, one other hospital in Brooklyn, Long Island College Hospital, was saved in early 2011 : it had been on the brink of closing, and the only way the hospital was saved was by merging it with SUNY Downstate. Still yet one other hospital, Peninsula Hospital Center, filed for bankruptcy in late 2011 and was slated to close ; but Peninsula's bankruptcy workout plan is now threatened, meaning, that Peninsula may yet still close. Everywhere you look, incumbent politicians like Speaker Quinn are overseeing the shredding of the social safety net.

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