Senator Schumer urges Montefiore to keep New York Hospital open
Sen. Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., joined hospital workers and local lawmakers in calling on Montefiore Health System to keep Mount Vernon, NY, hospital open at a rally on July 19, according to the Rockland/Westchester Newspaper News.
New York-based Montefiore announced plans in October to close the 121-bed hospital and replace it with an emergency and outpatient department. The health system began to cut services at the hospital, including switch off the intensive care unit earlier this month.
More than 50 people staged a rally outside the hospital on July 19 to keep the facility open. During the rally, Senator Schumer called on Montefiore to expand services instead of eliminating them.
“In the face of the greatest public health crisis we have faced, a crisis that has deeply and disproportionately affected the black community, you are not closing hospitals and restricting access to health care in a community like Mount Vernon,” he said, according to the Rockland/Westchester Newspaper News. “Instead, we must preserve and expand this access – in the name of saving lives and in the name of justice.”
A spokesperson for Montefiore previously issued the following statement to Becker Hospital Review:
“Montefiore Mount Vernon is open, serving the community and no closure plan has been submitted to the State.”