Unless funds are immediately forthcoming the Montefiore Hospital for Chronic Diseases will be unable to continue its service to the public, according to Fred M. Stein, its president, who issued an appeal for public support of the institution.
The head of the institution revealed that the deficit of 1931 was double that of 1930, and this year it may mount higher, despite the fact that salary cuts in the amount of $40,000 were effected. The deficit in 1931 amounted to $103,251.
A decrease in contributions and a drop in the number of private patients is responsible for the present state. At the same time the demands for admission to the free wards have shown an upward curve, Mr. Stein said.
An average of 200 persons daily are on the ward waiting list, it was made known by Mr. Stein.
A total of $1,110,857 was spent for the support of the hospital and its Bedford Hills sanitarium in 1931, according to the report of Dr. E. M. Bluestone, director of the hospital. Hospital care was provided for 2,597 patients, exclusive of emergency cases.