New York City Hospitals Face Pressure, Some May Close

  1. If you want to do Regina Green's job at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, you'd better put on your running shoes. For the past 16 years, Green has worked as a lab technician in the hospital's pediatric clinic, drawing blood, soothing nerves, running tests and logging results. The only lab technician for the entire clinic--a big, brightly painted room with bench seating, a snack cart and cartoon animals cavorting on the walls--Green toggles so seamlessly between greeting patients and doing blood work that you have to remind yourself she is working for 20 doctors, who may see between 70 and 90 patients a day.
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