BROOKLYN - Public advocate Letitia James has confirmed that the CEO of the Interfaith Medical Center has been fired by the board of trustees after he ordered that ambulances should be diverted from the ER.

Earlier on Friday, ambulances were being turned away and staff members were reportedly being handed notices telling them not to return to work.

Shortly after, angry staffers began demanding that CEO Patrick Sullivan resign.

Sullivan was escorted out of the building by police officers after he was fired, and his actions were reversed.

Sullivan said he made the orders because the state was supposed to deliver a $3.5 million grant to keep the hospital afloat through February, but he says the money never came.

Public advocate James says an interim CEO has been appointed and ambulance services have been ordered to resume.