BEDFORD-STUYVESANT - A community rally was held outside Interfaith Medical Center Monday afternoon, as local leaders urged Gov. Andrew Cuomo to keep the cash-strapped institution as a full-fledged hospital.

The struggling hospital's supporters called on the governor to use part of an $8 billion Medicaid waiver from the U.S. Department of Health to keep Interfaith operating just the way it is. Gov. Cuomo has said the additional money will help struggling hospitals like Interfaith, but there is no guarantee the Bedford-Stuyvesant facility will remain a medical center. He said it may be turned into an outpatient or primary care facility.

"The closest hospital from Interfaith is almost 2 miles away and clearly a significant number of people in central Brooklyn rely upon the emergency room," said Public Advocate Letitia James.

Interfaith Medical Center employs a staff of more than 1,500 workers with nearly 300 beds for patients.