GLEN COVE - Community members rallied today in a bid to dissuade officials from forging ahead with planned cuts at Glen Cove Hospital.

As News 12 Long Island has reported, the hospital's emergency room is slated to stay open, but the future of many other services are uncertain. The hospital, owned by the North Shore-LIJ system, has decided to eliminate crucial inpatient care by January 2014.

Residents who attended the rally today say their community needs its own hospital. They say traffic and distance could put public health at risk if the hospital closes and people are forced to travel farther to other hospitals.

Hospital officials have said that the cuts are the best course of action, and they add that the facility will be expanding its ambulatory surgery center.