Berger Recommendations

With one day to go before the New York State Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century announces which hospitals it thinks should close, there is plenty of speculation about what specifically the commission will recommend.

The New York Sun named six NYC hospitals which may be targeted for closure.

The Observer’s Lizzy Ratner tried prying some specifics from Berger himself earlier.

“Would he dare to take on the powerful institutions along, say, Manhattan’s Bedpan Alley along First Avenue? Or would he go after small ones with weak boards and poor bank statements?

Mr. Berger was patient with these questions at first, but eventually grew frustrated.

“This is not a closing commission,” he said. “The answer is, we understand that it’s appropriateness which is important.”

Pressed about rumors that he intended to close one major teaching hospital, he answered wryly. “Absolutely! I’m planning to close Presbyterian, Cornell–“

And then he interrupted himself: “Come on! I am not going to talk about any institution.”

So, which hospitals might be named tomorrow?

— Azi Paybarah

Berger Recommendations