2,500 May Lose Jobs at Ailing Queens Hospitals

Saturday, Feb 7, 2009  |  Updated 10:45 AM EDT
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2,500 May Lose Jobs at Ailing Queens Hospitals

Queens hospitals are buckling under economic pressure.

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Two Queens hospitals that employ 2,500 workers have filed for bankruptcy and could close within a matter of weeks.
    

The company that runs Mary Immaculate and St. John's Queens hospitals will submit closure plans to the state Department of Health. The hospitals have a combined 455 beds and serve some 200,000 patients each year.    
Longtime St. John's Queens physician Dr. Evan Schwartz told cable TV's NY1 that he didn't know what residents would do without his hospital's services.
    
The hospitals are run by Caritas Health Care, which had hoped that salvation might come as a financial lifeline from Albany. But it never did. Caritas' board of directors voted to file for bankruptcy on Thursday.
    
The hospitals are expected to close in 30 days.

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