Updated 06/05/13 – 4:30 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Governor Quinn today announced that the state of Illinois will provide temporary emergency assistance for Roseland Community Hospital to remain open.
The stopgap funding is designed to provide time for a long-term turnaround plan.
Approximately $350,000 in temporary assistance will allow the hospital to continue to serve the community, the governor said in a news release.
“We wanted to give them the time and the tools to be able to come up with a longer term plan,” said Deputy Governor Cristal Thomas.
Facing $7 million in debt to vendors, Roseland Community Hospital officials had said they had until 5 p.m. Wednesday to decide on whether to close the hospital.
“Roseland Community Hospital is an anchor in the community and we will do what we can to protect the patients and employees,” Quinn said.
“It gives us hope and gives us another fighting chance to keep this hospital open We know that it is just a temporary fix and hopefully everyone can come to an agreement and we can make this work,” said Nicole Creamer, an emergency room worker at the hospital.
WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports the hospital was still accepting new patients on Wednesday, despite a threat by former CEO that it would start turning them away on Wednesday without help from the state.
President and CEO Dian Powell said Tuesday she was stepping down, but sources said she was forced out. On Monday, she had claimed the state owed Roseland $6 million, but Thurman later said that was not true.