Montefiore’s planned purchase of two bankrupt Westchester hospitals early tomorrow will be delayed indefinitely, an official said late Thursday.
The Bronx health system had hoped to complete its takeover of Mount Vernon and Sound Shore hospitals by 12:01 a.m. Friday.
But a spokeswoman said “coordination of outstanding legal and regulatory items will require additional time to complete.”
No new date has been set for the closing but spokeswoman Brette Peyton said it will be completed as soon as possible. The deal is still on, she added.
U.S. Bankruptcy Court has approved Montefiore’s $60 million bid to buy the two hospitals. The state Department of Health has also given permission.
Montefiore CEO Steven Safyer has said that he wants to invest in the hospitals and keep both open.
The bankrupt hospitals were due to run out of cash by tomorrow. Employees will continue to be paid by Sound Shore, which also runs Mount Vernon Hospital, Peyton said.
All but a “very small percentage” of the 2,000 employees at the Westchester hospitals have been offered jobs by Montefiore, Peyton said.