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Peninsula Hospital In Queens Ordered To Stop Admitting Patients

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) -- The New York State Health Department has ordered Peninsula Hospital in Queens to stop admitting new patients and end all surgeries for 30 days and develop a plan to transfer current patients.

The decision came after inspectors found "problems that failed to meet the accepted standards of care'' with Peninsula's clinical lab which the state said put patients at risk.

A spokeswoman for the 173-bed hospital in the Far Rockaways says it is following the directive. Liz Sulik says a team is assessing the transfer of patients.

In a statement, the hospital said it will "expeditiously'' work to fix the lab's "deficiencies.''

Peninsula nearly closed in 2011 when it filed for bankruptcy.

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