State puts temporary hold on proposals to cut capacity and services at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards announced during a press conference on Friday, March 5, that the state’s proposals to drastically cut capacity and services at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital (SJEH) have been put on hold by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.

Richards was joined by several southeast Queens elected officials, community leaders and workers of SJEH outside of the hospital for a scheduled press conference meant to vehemently condemn the three different proposals developed by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and a consulting firm, that he said would “gut” the safety net hospital.

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