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CORNWALL, N.Y. -- On the heels of a proposal from St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital that would close the emergency room from 10 p.m. to 10 a.m., protesters gathered at the hospital Wednesday to rally against the closure.
Protesters say closing the ER overnight could be the difference between life or death for people in Cornwall and surrounding communities. They say the community is already isolated and taking away their emergency room would mean an even longer drive to get care if needed.
The hospital, though, says the closure would save an estimated $1.2 million per year.
"We want the ER room to stay open full time. We are a full time community and we deserve full time emergency care services. We cannot afford, life cannot afford to be closed from 10 at night to 10 in the morning," said Joe Donofrio, President of "Highlanders" Senior Citizen Club.
Donofrio says the closure of the emergency room isn't fair when CEOs and other executive staff have been receiving large bonuses from the hospital.