Bed-Stuy Rally to Save Interfaith Hospital

NEW YORK (AP) -

Healthcare workers, community activists and politicians are decrying the imminent shutdown of Brooklyn’s Interfaith Medical Center at a rally in Bedford-Stuyvesant Thursday.

Interfaith has had financial troubles for years and they’re open to the possibility of a merger with neighboring facilities like Brooklyn Hospital. It recently put forward a restructuring plan which was rejected by the state health department.

Public Advocate and mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio, who got arrested last month at a “Save Our Hospital” protest, says a report shows 175,000 Brooklynites would be forced to travel up to three miles further to their nearest emergency room if Interfaith closes.

Meanwhile, plans are proceeding to close the financially strapped Long Island College Hospital in downtown Brooklyn.