Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Is Coler-Goldwater Being Phased Out ? Beds Moving to North General Hospital Site? New Skilled Nursing Facility at Goldwater?

According to an article in today's NY Times, 200 beds are being moved from a Roosevelt Island long-term rehabilitation center to the site now occupied by North General Hospital which just announced it will be closing due to bankruptcy issues.

Is this the start of the HHC closing or consolidating parts of Coler-Goldwater with an eye to the City possibly selling off the land of the closed structure?

Possibly I am overreacting but then again maybe not. I am not the only one wondering about this as at least one local representative's office is looking into the effect on Coler-Goldwater as a result of this ammouncement.

UPDATE 10:42 am:

"The City of New York and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) have reached agreement with the Governor, State Department of Health, and North General Hospital to relocate more than 200 long term acute care beds and related services from the Coler/Goldwater Specialty Hospital on Roosevelt Island to the Harlem community. With capital financing from the City, HHC will also build a state-of-the-art skilled nursing facility to replace its outdated facilities on the Goldwater campus."

So this would mean that Goldwater won't be sold off for the land rights ... at least for now.

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