New York hospital to close if referendum fails

The ability of Massena (N.Y.) Memorial Hospital to remain open hinges on a Nov. 5 referendum vote, according to North Country News

The referendum calls for the transfer of Massena Memorial Hospital's assets to Potsdam, N.Y.-based St. Lawrence Health System.

Massena Memorial officials said if the referendum fails, the community hospital will be forced to close. There is no plan B, they added.

"We need a yes vote on proposition one. A no vote will close this [facility]," Massena Memorial Hospital CEO David Bender told North Country News. 

If the referendum passes, Massena Memorial will get a $20 million loan from the state and $8 million from St. Lawrence Health System.

Without the money, Mr. Bender said the financial picture for the community hospital is dim, and they would immediately start the steps to close the hospital. 

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