GLEN COVE - Some Long Islanders rallied today in an effort to keep a local hospital open.
Residents say they were blindsided by news that Glen Cove Hospital was downsizing at the beginning of next year.
Assemblyman Michael Montesano says that while the hospital will maintain an emergency room, medical offices, a family practice and some rehabilitation, it will eliminate all in-patient beds, the intensive care unit and the psychiatric care unit. The new brain injury unit will also be eliminated.
North Shore LIJ, which maintains the hospital, says that it will find jobs for all of the employees who will be affected.
Montesano says that his fear is that when the hospital removes the beds, the emergency room won't be accredited because in order to have a certified ER, the hospital needs acute care beds.
He also said he fears that nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the area will suffer greatly by the downsizing.