City Says "No Trespassing" to Patients

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(Sheepshead Bay Primary Care Center fence and “No Trespassing” signs)

Today is April Fool’s Day, but this is no joke.

Last week, NY 1 reported that the City was planning on cutting 400 jobs in the public health system by shutting down various health-based programs and clinics around the city.

I couldn’t believe it when I heard that the Coney Island Hospital Multi-Specialty Medical Center at Sheepshead Bay, located at 3121 Ocean Ave (between Shore Parkway and Voorhies Ave) was going to be closing down. Hoping to hear some good news that the center had been added to the shut-down list by mistake, I held off mentioning it.

This week, it is being reported by the NY Daily News that the facility is definitely on the list. So, it’s no mistake.

The Sheepshead Bay Primary Care Center — as it’s otherwise known — will shut it doors for good in June, stranding many local residents who prefer to be treated in the more efficient satellite center, instead of the bureaucratic hospital clinic.

Last year, when there were reports about homeless people and vagrants setting up home in the parking lot, hospital management put an end to the problem by installing a fence around the entire lot, including a secure fence at the entryway so that no one could enter in after hours.

Numerous bold “No Trespassing” signs were placed around the outside of the building to keep unwanted visitors out. Come this summer, those signs will keep everyone, including those who hold a clinic card OUT and looking for a new medical “home” where they can get treatment.

  • Anonymous

    This is a disgrace. I know the economy is bad, but with the growing number of seniors and war vets – and various illnesses – we need more medical options, not less. And yet all we’re getting are staff and service cuts, bed reductions, satellite closures and “merged” hospital facilities. The problem is acute in Sheepshead Bay, where there’s a high percentage of seniors. We should demand more from our local leaders.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, and great job on the report, Ray.

  • Anonymous

    This is a disgrace. I know the economy is bad, but with the growing number of seniors and war vets – and various illnesses – we need more medical options, not less. And yet all we’re getting are staff and service cuts, bed reductions, satellite closures and “merged” hospital facilities. The problem is acute in Sheepshead Bay, where there’s a high percentage of seniors. We should demand more from our local leaders.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, and great job on the report, Ray.

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