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Chicago group floats plan to save Peninsula Hospital

A Chicago-based group was scheduled to meet with Rockaway community members in regards to Peninsula Hospital Tuesday evening.
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The president of a Chicago-based group with its sights set on rehabilitating the embattled Peninsula Hospital in Far Rockaway was scheduled to present his plan to the community Tuesday night.

Dr. Seth Guterman of the People’s Choice Hospital group was due to meet with the Rockaway community at 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 333 Beach 90th St.

After court-appointed bankruptcy trustee Lori Lapin Jones made plans last week to close the hospital, a representative said the facility’s clinics would remain open and its emergency room would be accepting walk-in patients until Friday.

Guterman said if he could convince Jones to re-evaluate her decision to close the facility, his organization could have it up and running within a matter of weeks.

“I’m confident that we could have it reopened in eight weeks, and assuming we get through all the due diligence of the bankruptcy court, from the moment we take over we could open the lab in six months with all the latest technology, and be completely paperless,” he said.

The group’s president is hoping he can raise support from the community in order to exert some pressure on Jones.

Reach reporter Rich Bockmann by e-mail at rbockmann@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4574.Chicag

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