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St. Luke’s Pumps Brakes on Cornwall Emergency Room Closing

A fleet of ambulances packed into St. Luke’s emergency room parking area in Cornwall. (photo provided)

XXX Sentinel

A fleet of ambulances packed into St. Luke’s emergency room parking area in Cornwall. (photo provided)

By Mark Gerlach

St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital has paused the closing of its emergency room in Cornwall, which was slated to happen in October.

“We will be taking a pause in our application for closure and will continue to operate the emergency department and associated services until questions about the Cornwall campus emergency department transition and access to care are addressed…,” a statement from the hospital said.

The hospital’s statement cited state Sen. William Larkin as a factor in the decision to halt the closing. “St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital has always taken the voices of our local leadership and community seriously and in particular Senator Larkin, whose leadership we have relied upon for many years,” the statement said.

Larkin released this statement following the announcement: “I am pleased that St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital has decided to pause their application for closure of the Cornwall Emergency Department. I will continue to work to ensure my constituents are provided with appropriate, comprehensive care. I applaud the decision made by the Board of St. Luke’s Cornwall to keep the Emergency Department open during this continued, productive dialogue.”

Hospital representatives, according to the statement, also want to discuss the closing with Rep. Sean Maloney and Assemblyman James Skoufis.

To read the full article see the Friday, Sept. 2 editions of The Sentinel and Orange County Post. 

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