Hospital on life support: Brooklyn residents urge the state to save Interfaith Medical Center

Posted at 6:49 PM, Mar 02, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-02 18:49:23-05

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK (PIX11)– Interfaith medical Center has struggled financially for decades.

But after declaring bankruptcy last year, and no sign that state aid will help with the financial struggles as it has in the past, The hospital is on life support.

That’s why Communities for Change and people living in Bed-Stuy are urging the State Department of Health to protect their hospital.

On Saturday the group sent more than 500 letters to the health commissioner urging him to show his support for Interfaith Medical Center.

If the hospital closes they say people living in Bed-Stuy will be at great risk.

The show of support comes after plans to close Long Island College Hospital located not to far away in Cobble Hill.

But Interfaith and LICH aren’t the only Brooklyn hospitals in jeopardy.

Wyckoff, Brooklyn, Brookdale, and Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center are also facing financial trouble.

And if the private hospitals are forced to  pull the plug,  supporters say public hospitals simply won’t be able to meet the demand.