"We are deeply disappointed that Peninsula Hospital is closing its doors after tremendous efforts by the hospital, the employees, the union and the community, to keep it open. This is an incredibly sad day for our workers' whose sole priority was saving Peninsula so it could continue its vital services to the Rockaway community. Their heroism and dedication to the hospital, even in the face of significant odds, cannot be overstated.
1199 members will be enrolled in the union's Job Security Fund where they will continue receiving healthcare benefits as well as employment and placement services. We will continue to work with the Trustee and State Department of Health to explore alternative options for the repurposing of the site. It is extremely important that services are maintained on the Rockaway Peninsula."