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Despite de Blasio promises, troubled hospital is closing down

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The fight to keep Long Island Community Hospital open is officially over. The facility will close its doors.

You may remember when he campaigned, Mayor Bill de Blasio advocated and promised to stop closure.

For a time it seemed safe, now patients, staff and community members are expressing frustration.

"It means all the other hospitals are going to have to take in the overload” said one staff member.

Financially troubled Long Island Community Hospital in Brooklyn is no longer accepting 911 ambulance calls.

And all patients in the hospital will either be discharged or transferred before it closes at the end of next week.

The news came after a deal between Long Island Community Hospital’s owner and a potential buyer fell apart.

It was last summer when Mayor Bill de Blasio made keeping the community hospital open a focus of his campaign...

He was even arrested at one of several rallies at the hospital.

For a while, it looked like it was going to be saved.

But reports indicated the hospital was a financially unsustainable, losing as much as $13 million a month.

The hospital is still accepting walk in clients for what is described as medical screening and stabilizing until the hospital officially shuts down next Thursday morning

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