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Judge To Order Closure Of Bed-Stuy Hospital After Talks Break Down

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A judge on Monday is expected to order the closure of the cash-strapped Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, according to spokesman for the judge handling the case.

The Bedford-Stuyvesant hospital filed for bankruptcy a year ago but creditors, unions and hospital officials entered into mediation last month.

Creditors, unions and the hospital administration went into mediation about a month ago, but talks broke down Friday.

The judge had originally set next Thursday, December 26, as the closure date.

There is no word on whether that date is still firm.

Local residents say closing down Interfaith will upend the neighborhood. And with other community hospitals in financial trouble -- like Long Island College Hospital nearby -- some residents say they are worried about where they will go for care.

"I felt kind of bad because this is like where my son goes for his appointments and it's close, it's convenient. If they close this hospital down then that means I have to go all the way down to Brooklyn Hospital, to Kings County, somewhere else. It's not right," said one Bed-Stuy resident.

"My mother comes to this hospital all the time, so this is one of the closest hospitals she goes to. If not, she'll probably have to go to Manhattan for another hospital. I think that's kind of ridiculous," said another Bed-Stuy resident.

Officials say the facility, which serves thousands in the community, has been operating at a loss of $3 million per month.

The 287-bed hospital employs around 1,500 people.

Workers at Interfaith on Sunday did not want to speak with NY1 on camera but say the impending closure is the only thing being talked about in the halls.

Earlier this year, as Public Advocate, Bill de Blasio called on the state to take over Interfaith.

There was no immediate comment from the mayor-elect on the judge's expected decision.

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