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Heartsick Over Hospital Closing

By Gary Simeone

 

Port Washington resident Sarah Hogenauer is not happy about North Shore-LIJ’s decision to close the inpatient unit at Glen Cove Hospital. She said that the closing is a disservice to many people who are in need, including her husband, who is part of the Rehabilitation Unit.

 

“It is a shame to lose such a quality unit that means so much to so many people,” said Hogenauer. “They do a fabulous job here with their services and I think it is one of the best units in the area.”

 

Edie Russo, who works in telecommunications at the hospital, called the decision to close the unit “horrible” and said she worries not only about her job security but all of the people who are going to be affected by the closure.

 

“I know for a fact that the community is up in arms about this decision and we have doctors here at the hospital who are fighting to keep the unit open,” she said. “It would be such a shame for it to close.”

 

Linda McRae of Oceanside was at the hospital to visit her ailing mother. She said the staff at the inpatient unit is very warm and helpful and that she thinks it’s terrible that the unit is planning to close.

 

“This place has a great reputation and I would hate to see it go,” said McRae. “A similar situation is taking place at Long Beach Medical Center and I think it’s a shame what’s going on with our hospitals.”

 

Penny Davis, visiting Glen Cove from Queens, said she heard about the  closing through a friend.

 

“I know it has to do with money but they don’t realize that they are compromising the health of people who need the care,” she said. “These type of closings are happening all over the boroughs too and I think it is a crying shame.”