HUNDREDS RALLY IN SUPPORT OF GLEN COVE HOSPITAL
August 11 -- Late this afternoon in front of Glen Cove Hospital on St. Andrews lane, approximately 200 people showed up for a rally to protest the proposed closing of inpatient and other medical services at the hospital.
The crowd chanted slogans, “Save Our Hospital” and “What do we want – answers ! When do we want them – now!”
Some major media outlets were there including NBC television, News Channel 12, and Northwordnews.
Standing on the inside of a police car, Glen Cove Mayor Ralph Suozzi
addressed the protestors. He encouraged people to sign his petition, which he said now has more than 3000 signatures, and to write letters to North Shore-LIJ officials including CEO Michael Dowling. “We need a hospital – not a M.A.S.H. unit left behind!” Suozzi shouted.
He said that he has spoken to and is working with many local leaders including Representative Steve Israel, Assemblyman Charles Lavine, and Sea Cliff Mayor Bruce Kennedy, who was also at the rally.
He argued that it doesn’t make sense to close a hospital after all the costly investments that were made there over the past decade. Following Suozzi, a doctor at the hospital, Andrea Kaplan, spoke. She thanked the crowd for their support and stated that the staff at the hospital is an outstanding one and encouraged the community to use Glen Cove when in need of hospital services.