Cabrini Medical Center, New York, was unable to make payroll this week and is expected to begin shutting its doors as early as next week, according to an official at the New York State Health Department.
They have had trouble making payroll, and we did advise them earlier this week to begin shutting down their emergency department, said state health department spokeswoman Claudia Hutton. There are some outstanding issues, and we are working with them to make sure there is safe closure, especially with regard to getting hospice patients the care they need.
Officials for the 236-bed hospital located in lower Manhattan were not available for comment, but the hospital was already slated for closure in June. In 2006, a state panel known as the Berger Commission recommended that Cabrini and four other New York City hospitals close as part of a healthcare right-sizing effort. According to Hutton, state health officials expected finances might force some of the hospitals to shut their doors before June, however.
Cabrini is operated by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. No date has been announced for Cabrinis official closure, but the hospitals emergency department has already stopped accepting patients, Hutton said. -- by Shawn Rhea
What do you think? Post a comment on this article and share your opinion with other readers. Submit your letter to Modern Healthcare Online at [email protected]. Please be sure to include your hometown and state, along with your organization and title.