More information about Kingsbrook

The following information was pulled directly from the Kingsbrook website: https://www.kingsbrook.org/.

Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center is a nationally recognized full service teaching hospital, a member of the One Brooklyn Health System family of hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities located in the heart of Brooklyn.

Kingsbrook is honored to be among the highest performing hospitals in the United States by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures™ in the following areas: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care. In addition, Kingsbrook has garnered recognitions in excellence for stroke care from the American Stroke and Heart Associations with the Gold Quality Achievement Award.

Kingsbrook is a comprehensive acute care hospital providing a full array of medical services including sub-specialty medicine and surgical services. We also provide a family/patient-centered outpatient specialty center where primary care is integrated with over 20 medical and surgical specialties, all of which are co-located for optimal patient convenience. We at Kingsbrook are proud to provide thorough service for our diverse community through this broad array of medical sub-specialty and surgical services. Our professionals adhere to the highest standards of experience and training.

Fight Racist Hospital Closing, Keep Kingsbrook Open

During the first wave of COVID-19, Kingsbrook valiantly served this area, which like many communities of color, was particularly hard-hit. Over 200 beds were constantly full to capacity with COVID patients. Multiple Kingsbrook staff members died alongside the community members who were cruelly taken by this plague. 
 
Kingsbrook was stretched to the max and overwhelmed with need during the height of this pandemic, like other nearby hospitals. It is still one of the busiest community hospitals in Brooklyn, serving many COVID and non-COVID patients
 
COVID-19 has shown how unequal our healthcare system is– and how critical hospitals are to our healthcare safety net. New York State has lost approximately 20,000 hospital beds since 2000, half of those since Cuomo became Governor in 2011. This is a reason why thousands of Brooklyn residents died unnecessarily. Manhattan has 6 hospital beds per 1,000 residents. Brooklyn has 2 hospital beds per 1,000 residents.  

It is beyond cruel to close a hospital in a high-need area during a pandemic– but this hospital shouldn’t be closed anyway. Kingsbrook’s community was in a healthcare crisis before the pandemic. Not only were Black neighborhoods hit harder by COVID-19, but they were already struggling with a higher burden of disease and premature death due to the effects of systemic racism. 
  
Closing this hospital will increase already long wait times at surrounding hospitals. It will worsen the suffering in Black and immigrant working-class neighborhoods. This hospital is needed – during the pandemic and beyond. Stop the process of preparing to close the hospital.

What are our Demands?

Kingsbrook’s community was in a healthcare crisis before the pandemic. Not only were Black neighborhoods hit harder by COVID-19, but they were already struggling with a higher burden of disease and premature death due to the effects of systemic racism.

Closing this hospital will increase already long wait times at surrounding hospitals. It will worsen the suffering in Black and immigrant working-class neighborhoods.

This hospital is needed – during the pandemic and beyond. Stop the process of preparing to close the hospital. Stop draining the community’s needed resources and funds.

  • All Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center services and beds must remain functioning with full staff for all beds indefinitely.
  • Stop draining Kingsbrook of resources. Safety net hospitals should be fully funded.
  • The undemocratic and outdated 2016 restructuring plan to close Kingsbrook as a hospital must be scrapped completely.
  • Any organizations or individuals with financial conflicts of interest should be excluded from planning and decision-making about hospital closures and service cuts.
  • The pandemic has shown the need to maintain and expand hospital capacity. We additionally support a moratorium on all hospital closures and no cuts to safety net hospital funding.
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