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As the deadline for companies to bid on Saint Francis hospital nears, County Executive Marc Molinaro has written a letter to the court, making sure the county's needs are a priority throughout the bankruptcy process. Time Warner Cable News Reporter Michael Howard has the story.
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- It was a shock to many in Dutchess County, a week before Christmas employees at St. Francis hospital received some unsettling news. The hospital filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in a debt of more than $50 million.
“We are very concerned that this county sustain a trauma center, sustain mental health behavioral services, that were able to continue special education,” said Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro.
With the hospital being a vital part of Dutchess County, county executive Marc Molinaro has sent a letter to Judge Cecelia Morris, stating whoever takes over the hospital, makes sure the counties needs are a priority.
“We want the jobs at Saint Francis preserved,” said Molinaro, “and with those jobs preserved we want the critical services that they provide by whoever the successor is.”
With the numerous layoffs of IBM in Fishkill and the closure of two Dutchess County Psychiatric Centers, Molinaro says it’s had an effect on the county’s economy as well as it's mental health and addiction.
One of the potential companies to take over the hospital is LaGrange based Health Quest. Who offered $40 million. Other companies have until Monday to make a bid. As for the county, Molinaro says he hopes services as well as jobs aren't lost, but gained.
“The quicker we can define the next steps and insure through the bankruptcy proceeding that jobs and services are provided and preserved we can bring down the level of tension that way too many families are experiencing,” said Molinaro.