A New York State Supreme Court judge in Buffalo denied four-hospital Catholic Health Systems petition opposing the closing of 127-bed St. Joseph Hospital, Cheektowaga, as recommended last year by the New York State Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century. CHS is reviewing the judges decision to determine whether it will appeal the decision to a higher court, officials said in a statement posted on its Web site. The system also plans to work with its state legislators to protect St. Joseph, Joseph McDonald, president and chief executive officer, said in the statement. While we are disappointed with the decision, we are by no means giving up our efforts to secure the future of St. Joseph Hospital, he said. The commission has recommended the wholesale closure of nine hospitals statewide and major reconfigurations at another 48 facilities that include mergers, affiliations and conversions. The recommendations became law on Jan. 1. -- by Cinda Becker
Judge rejects Catholic Healths petition
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