Struggling Queens Hospital Lays Off 200 Employees

A struggling hospital in Queens that was partially shut down by the state is laying off more than 200 employees

Saturday, Mar 3, 2012  |  Updated 10:24 AM EDT
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Struggling NYC Hospital Lays Off 200

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A struggling hospital in Queens that was partially shut down by the state is laying off more than 200 employees.

The Daily News reports Peninsula Hospital informed employees of the job cuts on Friday. Last week New York health officials ordered the hospital to stop admitting new patients, end all surgeries and develop a plan to transfer current patients after an inspection found problems with its clinical laboratory.

An inspection found violations including expired plasma in the blood bank. The hospital says the layoffs are short-term and needed to conserve cash while the hospital is "on diversion." The hospital is working to build a new lab.

Patients have been transferred out and ambulances have been diverted to other facilities. Peninsula nearly closed in 2011 when it filed for bankruptcy.

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