Bed Stuy Hospital to Declare Bankruptcy


A hospital that serves Crown Heights and Bed Stuy, Interfaith Medical Center at 1545 Atlantic Avenue, plans to declare bankruptcy this week, said The New York Times. The hospital may be forced to close or merge with another, according to the story. In letters to state officials, the chairman of Interfaith’s board of trustees, Nathan M. Barotz, said cuts in Medicaid rates in 2010 wiped out 40 percent of Interfaith’s inpatient revenue and led to its current financial crisis. The hospital employs 1,516 people full time, many of whom live in central Brooklyn, said the story.
Interfaith Medical Center Plans to Declare Bankruptcy [NY Times]
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  • This is really horrible news. Interfaith, no matter what you think of it, is the ONLY hospital in Central Brooklyn. That is a huge territory to be without emergency and other healthcare. Bed Stuy and Crown Heights depend on this place. Closing it will force ambulances to already overcrowded Kings County, Brooklyn, or Woodhull.

    I’ve been to all four, two as a patient, the other two waiting in their waiting rooms for people, and emergency care in the remaining three hospitals will mean it could take literally a day to be seen for something painful, but not life threatening. That isn’t right, this isn’t some field territory in the middle of nowhere, this is in Brooklyn, “the hippest and coolest place in the universe.”

    Not to mention the jobs lost, and the revenue to small businesses in the neighborhood who depend on employees and visitors for their sales. I hope the bankruptcy can be stopped, or the hospital can merge and stay open and staffed.

  • This is really horrible news. Interfaith, no matter what you think of it, is the ONLY hospital in Central Brooklyn. That is a huge territory to be without emergency and other healthcare. Bed Stuy and Crown Heights depend on this place. Closing it will force ambulances to already overcrowded Kings County, Brooklyn, or Woodhull.

    I’ve been to all four, two as a patient, the other two waiting in their waiting rooms for people, and emergency care in the remaining three hospitals will mean it could take literally a day to be seen for something painful, but not life threatening. That isn’t right, this isn’t some field territory in the middle of nowhere, this is in Brooklyn, “the hippest and coolest place in the universe.”

    Not to mention the jobs lost, and the revenue to small businesses in the neighborhood who depend on employees and visitors for their sales. I hope the bankruptcy can be stopped, or the hospital can merge and stay open and staffed.

  • I totally agree with you, Montrose, though I’ve never been there as a patient, only to visit one. I hope they can find a way to keep this hospital open. They have a large indigent clientele which has to be serviced somewhere. When a very low percentage of its patients have insurance or can pay out of their pockets, it’s hard for any hospital to continue to exist, much less thrive.

    You did omit Kingsbrook from your list. I’ve been there, both as an inpatient and outpatient and received very good treatment. Their emergency room is quite good.

  • It’s not a foregone conclusion that it will close, as made clear in the Times article. There are certainly concerns about that, and they are legitimate, but a properly executed chapter 11 is a reorganization that allows the debtor to restart with a clean (or at least much cleaner) debt slate. So in other words, while this is not good news, it’s not worst news.

  • It’s not a foregone conclusion that it will close, as made clear in the Times article. There are certainly concerns about that, and they are legitimate, but a properly executed chapter 11 is a reorganization that allows the debtor to restart with a clean (or at least much cleaner) debt slate. So in other words, while this is not good news, it’s not worst news.

  • While Montrose Morris is incorrect in stating that Interfaith is the only hospital in central Brooklyn (there are also Kings County, Kingsbrook, Downstate Medical Center, and, for psychiatric cases, Kingsboro Psychiatric Center), a closure of this facility would spell disaster for the others. Kings County is already as overwhelmed as a hospital can get, so I really hope that something can be arranged to save Interfaith.