Fred Mogul, Reporter, WNYC News
Fred Mogul has been covering healthcare and medicine for WNYC since 2002.
The latest metro-area hospital on the brink of closure has won a couple more days to present a restructuring plan.
Peninsula Hospital — the only acute care facility in the Rockaways and southeast Queens — was potentially going to close everything but its emergency room on Wednesday, with plans to shutter the ER next week.
But state officials are now giving Peninsula until Friday to submit a plan.
Last month, Peninsula's board filed a notice of mass layoffs with the state and announced it would develop a closure plan.
Peninsula's parent network, Medisys, submitted the closure plan to state officials. But last week, Peninsula overruled the network, retracting the closure plan and precipitating a split with Medisys.
The network said that starting Monday, it will no longer fund the 400-bed teaching hospital, rehab center and nursing home.
Medisys has other legal and financial problems, including the possible bankruptcy of Brookdale Hospital in central Brooklyn and the criminal prosecution of a former top executive and a pair of elected officials in an alleged influence-peddling racket.