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NY1: Interfaith Supporters Want Federal Funds to Ensure Facility’s Future

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Community activists and elected officials rallied outside the Bedford-Stuyvesant facility to put in their bid for a piece of the $8 billion in Medicaid savings Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state are receiving from the federal government.

Cuomo says he wants to change some hospitals into urgent and primary care centers and emergency units, but those pulling for Interfaith want it to remain a full service hospital.

“In the borough of Brooklyn we’ve been starved for a very long time. That’s why there are so many hospitals that are facing closure, and that’s really critically important,” said Public Advocate Letitia James.

“At one point Interfaith Medical Center was the portrait of hospital dysfunction here in New York City, and we’re committed to making sure that it becomes the picture of hospital transformation,” said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries.

“We want a great part of this money to come to Interfaith because central Brooklyn needs this hospital to remain open,” said Ari Moma, a registered nurse at Interfaith.

Interfaith filed for bankruptcy in 2011.