New York hospital expected to close by end of 2015

The state health department has approved Pomona, N.Y.-based Summit Park Hospital and Nursing Care Center's plan to shut down Dec. 31, according to The Journal News.

"The approvals provide certainty to our county as we move forward on the path to fiscal health," said Ed Day, a Rockland County executive. He said Summit Park is losing about $800,000 a month, and the facility played a significant role in the county's deficit.

In early October, Summit Park announced it would have to close after a private buyer backed out of a $32 million deal to take it over.

Although no patients remain in Summit Park's hospital portion of the facility, the staff has not yet been laid off, according to the report.

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