The Department of Health has ordered Peninsula Hospital not to admit any more patients and cancel all upcoming surgeries after health inspectors discovered serious problems within the facility.
State Health Commissioner Nirav Shah issued a 30-day suspension to the hospital, located in Far Rockaway, after inspectors found their laboratory did not meet acceptable standards, which the state said put its patients at risk, reported NY1. The order was issued Thursday afternoon and by Friday morning, the hospital began transferring patients.
A spokesman for the 1730 bed hospital, Liz Sulik, said that team will be working on transferring patients to surrounding hospitals.
As the hospital complies with the DOH's directive, it is expeditiously developing a plan to remedy the laboratory deficiencies and hopes to restore full services as soon as possible, she said, according to the Times Ledger. However, she did comment on what the hospital found in the lab.
This is not the first time Peninsula Hospital has been in trouble. Rumors began circulating last year that it would be closing due to debt. Times Ledger reported that the hospital is approximately $13 million in debt.