State officials tight-lipped as crisis continues at Brunswick Hospital
Brunswick Hospital remains on life support as talks of shutting down the financially struggling facility continue.
Employees at the hospital are still working until the state signs off on a plan to shut it down. Meanwhile, if Brunswick does close, not only would hundreds of employees lose their jobs, but it would also be the ninth community hospital to shut its doors in New York State in the past year and a half. Massapequa General Hospital in Seaford closed in 2000 and Island Medical Center in Hempstead closed in 2003.
Experts say this alarming trend is a result of a Medicaid and HMO reimbursement system that favors specialty and teaching hospitals as well as larger chains like North Shore LIJ, Winthrop and Catholic Health Services.
Brunswick Hospital administrators submitted an official plan Monday to the state health department to close down the general hospital, which would include the emergency room, trauma center and closing of 200 beds. However, administrators have asked to keep the more profitable psychiatric rehab and nursing home facilities open.