Mayor Bill de Blasio paid it forward Friday at a visit to Interfaith Medical Center near the border of Crown Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Hizzoner and his First Lady Chirlane McCray joined first responders, hospital supporters and area Councilman Robert Cornegy in the nightly 7 pm clap for healthcare heroes.
In his daily briefing the next morning, de Blasio referred to the non-profit community hospital as “a wonderful institution.”
“Earlier in this decade, a lot of us in Brooklyn fought to protect Interfaith Hospital from closing,” the mayor said, referring back to late 2012, when the medical center declared bankruptcy.
In August of 2013, the medical facility announced that it was in the process of shutting down. But, a report released that same summer by then-Public Advocate de Blasio warned of “devastating consequences” if Interfaith Medical Center were to close.
“Thank God we all did work with the community and the community stood up strong to protect Interfaith,” de Blasio said Saturday.
Most recently, the hospital was one of three the state wished to consolidate services at, as part of a $700 million plan to boost preventative and primary care services. The plan, which would have slashed several dozen beds at Interfaith, has been put on hold to treat coronavirus patients, according to The City.
Interfaith, located at 1545 Atlantic Ave. in Crown Heights, has been “front and center in this crisis,” the mayor said.
In the area, at least 1,200 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to city data.
This story first appeared on brooklynpaper.com.