BROOKLYN - The closure of Interfaith Medical Center has been postponed on the same day it was slated to shut down.
Public advocate and mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio says legal action will keep the hospital open at least another 16 days, until Sept. 11. Supporters of the hospital hope this added time will help them develop a better plan to restructure and save the medical center.
De Blasio filed a motion in federal bankruptcy court last week claiming that the state Department of Health approved a closure plan without the 90-day review period required by law, which resulted in the postponement.
A recent study conducted by De Blasio found that 175,000 people would have to travel further to find an emergency room without IMC.
Hospital operators argue that the closure is necessary because IMC is losing about $1.5 million every month due to state funding cuts to Medicaid.