Scores of neighborhood leaders in southern Brooklyn are rallying round beleaguered Maimonides hospital because it bats again complaints of declining affected person care, plummeting funds, fats govt compensation and mismanagement.
The 25 leaders co-signed a letter supporting Maimonides’ embattled management and accusing critics — who’ve argued dramatic adjustments are wanted to save lots of Brooklyn’s largest privately run hospital — of waging an assault marketing campaign that’s undermining the medical facility.
“Maimonides is not perfect – no hospital is – but its leadership is eager to listen and addresses issues when raised,” the letter obtained by The Post mentioned.
It factors out the COVID-19 pandemic has had “a devastating impact on our communities and created major challenges throughout society. All hospitals have faced enormous pressure on staffing and resources.”
The Maimonides supporters additionally lament what’s change into a bitter feud over the hospital’s future.
“It is disheartening to see these global challenges used as a pretext for a divisive, misleading, harmful series of attacks on the hospital and its workforce – especially when the hospital has gone above and beyond to get us through the pandemic, visiting community centers and places of worship to provide vaccinations, support, and information,” the letter acknowledged.
“As community leaders, we stand with Maimonides and its hardworking team of clinicians, staff, and administrators. We would encourage everyone to learn the facts about Maimonides and to make their voices heard in support of the hospital. Maimonides is a pillar of Brooklyn life which we can all feel proud to have in our backyard.”
The letter is co-signed by leaders of various teams together with Monsignor Jamie Gigantiello, vicar of growth for the Brooklyn Catholic Diocese, the Federation of Italian-American Organizations of Brooklyn, United Senior Citizens of Sunset Park, the Bangladeshi-American Society, Islamic Society of Bay Ridge, Chinese American Planning Council, the Arab American Association of NY, the Arthur Ashe Institution for Urban Health, amongst others.
“As a destination center for advanced care and a safety net hospital serving diverse neighborhoods with high concentrations of Medicaid patients, we are incredibly proud of the top tier clinical outcomes we have been able to achieve for communities that have suffered from significant historic health disparities. Working closely and constructively with community partners, we are together making a significant difference and are grateful for their partnership and support,” Maimonides mentioned within the assertion.
The letter is the hospital’s newest counter-offensive aimed toward critics.
But conspicuously lacking are any signatories representing Borough Park’s Orthodox Jewish neighborhood, a key neighborhood served by Maimonides. Much of the criticism has been lodged by Borough Park activists and sufferers.
The Post just lately revealed Maimonides reported a $145 million loss final year and defaulted on a few of its debt obligations. But the hospital maintained a pot of $1.8 billion in Medicaid reimbursement included on this year’s state price range will assist stabilize its funds.
Complaints about care emerged in July when 5 state lawmakers signed onto a letter calling for hearings into the hospital’s operations, citing lengthy wait instances for care and overwhelmed workers.
The battle took one other twist in August when a kind of lawmakers, state Sen. Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn), labeled one of many teams pushing for a administration overhaul — Save Maimonides — as “not kosher.”
“The movement is not kosher. It’s absolutely a smear campaign,” mentioned Felder, whose district consists of closely Orthodox Jewish Borough Park, the place Maimonides is a serious employer.
Allies of the hospital’s present administration have additionally accused critics of making an attempt to take over the hospital.
Maimonides is a” security web” hospital — which means a lot of its sufferers depend on public medical health insurance that pays far lower than non-public insurance coverage for procedures and that the hospital runs on slim margins. About half its sufferers are on Medicaid, the general public medical health insurance for the needy, 32% are on Medicare and simply 14% have non-public/business insurance coverage.
Nearly half of the residents in its protection space are international born and practically half are non-white. Nearly a 3rd converse a main language apart from English. Nearly a 3rd of its sufferers are Jewish.
The main critics group, the Save Maimonides Coalition, prompt the pro-hospital letter smacked of desperation and among the teams that signed had acquired donations from the hospital.
“Maimonides is ranked the worst hospital in New York in part because they are no longer paying for enough nurses per shift, and we sympathize with good people and good groups that took donations from Ken Gibbs in good faith and are now being used to prop up failing leadership delivering horrible care that’s pushed the hospital to the edge of bankruptcy,” mentioned Mendy Reiner, co-chair of the Save Maimonides coalition.
Maimonides’ charitable tax-exempt standing filed with the IRS and different public information present no less than 4 of the teams that co-signed the letter acquired funding from Maimonides. The Arab American Association acquired $30,000 since 2017; the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health acquired $10,000; The Federation of Italian-American Organizations, whose present vp, Frank Naccarato, is Maimonides’s board secretary, acquired $9,000 in 2018; and the Chinese American Planning Council, as much as $5,000.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Monsignor Gigantiello’s parish within the Brooklyn Diocese, acquired $11,000 from Maimonides in 2019.
Maimonides is without doubt one of the metropolis’s final remaining stand-alone main neighborhood hospitals — not owned or tightly built-in into a serious system, like NYU-Langone or Columbia-Presbyterian. That means it alone carries the prices of again office operations like billing and working its computer and information programs.