Community members fight proposed expansion of Park Slope's New York Methodist Hospital

Residents rallied Thursday night to fight the proposed expansion of Park Slope's New York Methodist Hospital. A group of residents held signs prior to a

Hospital officials say they have been listening to community concerns and have been adjusting the plans to satisfy as many people as possible.

Hospital officials say they have been listening to community concerns and have been adjusting the plans to satisfy as many people as possible. (11/21/13)

PARK SLOPE - Residents rallied Thursday night to fight the proposed expansion of Park Slope's New York Methodist Hospital.

A group of residents held signs prior to a Community Board meeting to object to the hospital's plans to create a new outpatient facility.

Hospital officials say they have been listening to community concerns and have been adjusting the plans to satisfy as many people as possible.

The hospital says the expansion is essential in order to provide the community with the highest quality of health care. The plans include 12 operating rooms for same-day surgery, an endoscopy suite, a cancer center and an urgent care center.

"Technology and changing health care delivery system have now created a need for New York Methodist Hospital to develop a dedicated outpatient care center adjacent to its inpatient facilities. Not only are less invasive outpatient procedures more convenient for patients, they result in greater efficiency and lower costs," said a spokesperson in a statement.

The hospital hopes to start construction at the end of 2014. 

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