Attorney General James Releases Statement on St. Peter’s Health Partners’ Decision to Delay Closure of the Burdett Birth Center

NEW YORK – New York Attorney General Letitia James today released the following statement in response to the decision by St. Peter’s Health Partners to keep the Burdett Birth Center in Troy open until at least June 24, 2024, despite the previous plan to close the facility before the end of this year: 

“Last month, my office held a hearing into the potential closure of the Burdett Birth Center and the impact it would have on this community. This facility has provided vital services which take patient concerns, priorities, and values into account, and has helped serve families throughout the Capital Region and beyond. We have been in constant contact with our colleagues in government, local stakeholders, and with St. Peter's Health Partners, which runs the Burdett Birth Center. I am pleased that the decision has been made to delay the closure date, and my office will continue to do everything within our power to ensure this essential facility remains open.” 

On September 18, Attorney General James and senior members of the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) held a hearing on the potential closure of the Burdett Birth Center and what it would mean for families and residents throughout the Capital Region. Dozens of local community members, public officials, medical professionals, and advocates submitted testimony and testified. Written testimony was also provided by St. Peter’s Health Partners ahead of the hearing. The hearing gave Attorney General James and OAG staff the opportunity to hear directly from impacted stakeholders and to ask questions about what consequences the potential closure would have on the local community and surrounding region.