Interfaith Medical Center Closure Delayed

New York City mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio has succeeded in delaying the closure of Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn until at least Sept. 11, according to a report from The Sun News.

Following a request from Mr. de Blasio to stop the hospital's closure, federal bankruptcy court scheduled another hearing for Interfaith Sept. 11, according to the report. The hospital was set to begin the process of shutting down today.

Last month, State Department of Health Deputy Commissioner Karen Westervelt rejected a restructuring plan for Interfaith and requested a modified plan to close the hospital. At the time, Interfaith was losing roughly $1.5 million a month, due in part to bankruptcy fees.

The city's struggling hospitals have become a "sleeper issue" in the mayoral race, with Mr. de Blasio and other candidates such as Bill Thompson and Christine Quinn campaigning against hospital closures.

More Articles on Interfaith Medical Center:
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Bankrupt Interfaith Medical Center Could Be Next Brooklyn Hospital to Close 

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