Roseland Hospital accepting state funds to remain open, work out long-term plan
June 6, 2013 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- A Band-Aid has been put on the problem to help stop the financial bleeding, as the State of Illinois has made an offer to Roseland Community Hospital to nurse it back to health, but it is only a short-term remedy.
The ailing South Side hospital is deep in debt and on the verge of closure due to mismanagement.
It is not a state operated facility, but Governor Pat Quinn announced Wednesday that Illinois will offer the medical center emergency assistance to keep the doors open.
The $350,000 in temporary aid should help the hospital meet its June 17 payroll, according to a hospital spokesperson. Roseland's Board of Directors has until then to come up with long-term budget solutions.
Once the governor and financial experts are satisfied with that, the hospital may become eligible for more assistance.
Meanwhile, the community has been fighting to save Roseland. The only hospital in a 7-mile radius, it serves many who do not have insurance or anywhere else to go.
The hospital will survive for at least another week and a half. Hospital officials said they are grateful to the state and are working on a long-term plan.
"We are grateful to the Governor," said Sharon Thurman, Roseland Community Hospital spokesperson.
"I think it is very clear that this hospital will need some restructuring. You know, they are in significant debt. They are having management issues. We just really need the time to get the information we need to make those further decisions," said Cristal Thomas, Ill. deputy governor.
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