Protest held over Peninsula Hospital closing

August 3, 2011 7:52:12 PM PDT
The planned closure of a hospital in Queens inspired an angry protest Wednesday night.

Peninsula Hospital in Far Rockaway is filing for bankruptcy and plans to close.

The nearest facility on the Rockaway Peninsula is St. John's Episcopal Hospital.

Hundreds of health care workers demonstrated outside Peninsula Hospital demanding the facility remain open.

It would be the fourth hospital in Queens to close since 2008.

Peninsula Hospital has submitted a closure plan to the Department of Health for approval.

Hospital management said it will do its best to transition its workers and the care currently offered.