Residents, employees fight to keep Montefiore Mount Vernon Hospital alive

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The fight to keep Mount Vernon's only hospital open continued Monday evening with another town hall.

Montefiore Mount Vernon has called the area home for over a century, but it is set to be replaced with a $41 million medical center and ER that will not include inpatient care.

Those who require inpatient care or a hospital stay would be transferred to one of the four hospitals within 4 miles.

Monday's meeting was the second town hall on the matter, and some residents wouldn't let the hospital go down without a fight.

"Making an executive decision without thinking of the community is somewhat unfortunate, and so I'm here on behalf of the committee hoping there will be a change of heart," said registered nurse Brenessa David.

Montefiore officials say the demand at the hospital just isn't there, with just 1 in 5 residents going to them for their elective care and less than 50% of the hospital's beds being used on a daily basis.

The Save Mount Vernon Hospital Coalition is blaming the decline on Montefiore moving services out of the hospital. The coalition is now arming families with call to action tools including two petitions and an informational picket next week.

A spokesperson for Montefiore said, "Montefiore remains committed to the health and well-being of the Mount Vernon community. Having already invested $100M, we have committed an additional $41M to build a new state-of-the-art health care center and off-campus emergency department on Sandford Boulevard to provide cutting-edge health care for Mount Vernon residents."

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