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SUNY Board Votes to Close Cobble Hill Hospital

Friday, February 08, 2013

The board of trustees of the State University of New York voted unanimously Friday morning to close the Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn as an in-patient facility. The meeting room at a SUNY building in Midtown immediately erupted in shouts of "Shame! Shame!" from supporters, who said the university had not given LICH enough support.

SUNY acquired the financially troubled hospital in Cobble Hill two years ago, hoping it would be a beneficial partner to SUNY’s Downstate teaching hospital in East Flatbush.

But the president of the SUNY Downstate hospital system, Dr. John Williams, said both hospitals have continued to lose money, especially LICH.

"I can’t tell you how many times we’ve been to Albany," he said at a briefing for the SUNY board Thursday. "We’ve talked to the Department of Health, Division of Budget. We've talked to the governor’s office, so we could get some cash, but nothing has worked so far."

The decision now has to go to the state Board of Health for approval.

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Comments [2]

m.e. from ny

please get the story right. The Board of Trustees did not vote to close LICH. They voted to propose to the department of health that LICH be closed. The DOH first has to evaluate the situation and proposals and it has not been done yet. So it is not possible to confirm that LICH will close - that decision has not been made by the DOH. Please report accurately. LICH is open for business & is fully functional still.

Feb. 12 2013 12:21 AM
A.Baronette

I would be very devastated if they close Down State Hospital, since its the only hospital I take my kids.

Feb. 08 2013 10:31 PM

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