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Judge Blocks SUNY From Closing Long Island College Hospital

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

A New York judge has issued a temporary restraining order stopping the State University of New York from closing the Long Island College Hospital.

The stay comes on the same day that SUNY submitted its official closure plan to state health authorities, who will decide whether the hospital can close.

Earlier this month the SUNY board of trustees voted unanimously to close the Brooklyn hospital as an in-patient facility.

SUNY has pledged to retain some kind of more modest healthcare facility at the LICH, but they have said it won't have overnight beds and will not have a birthing unit.

SUNY acquired LICH two years ago, hoping to partner it with SUNY’s Downstate teaching hospital in East Flatbush. But the system has been losing $11 million a month—$4 million of that from LICH.

The order issued by Judge Betsy Barros bars SUNY from taking any steps to close LICH, pending further hearings.

Supporters of LICH, including unionized healthcare workers and elected officials, allege that SUNY wants to sell off the hospital's prized real estate straddling Cobble Hill and Brooklyn Heights, overlooking New York Harbor.

But SUNY Board Chairman H. Carl McCall has denied that property values were part of the decision.

At the time of the vote to close it, he said time and money was running out.

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Julianne Welby

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Comments [11]

stocktaker from USA

The order issued by Judge Betsy Barros bars SUNY from taking any steps to close LICH, pending further hearings.

May. 23 2013 11:47 PM
mysteryshopper from USA

Supporters of LICH, including unionized healthcare workers and elected officials, allege that SUNY wants to sell off the hospital's prized real estate straddling Cobble Hill and Brooklyn Heights, overlooking New York Harbor.

May. 23 2013 11:19 PM
Collen

The fact remains that the hospital has debts and is operating at a 1 million a week loss margin. Where is the money going to come from to pay the debts? Even if it closes the debtors have to be paid and all the hospital has now is the property. Everything comes down to the dollar. Nurses, doctors and other staff are not volunteers but salaried employees. Eventually the hospital will close because it does not make the money it needs to make to stay open and that is a fact. People want it to remain open for seniors and other at risk groups but the fact remains these groups cannot pay their share of the health costs. Maybe they can keep emergency services open but a fully functioning hospital is not possible unless they find a way to pay off debts and operate with he income it receives,

May. 19 2013 04:41 PM
stocktaker from UK

The stay comes on the same day that SUNY submitted its official closure plan to state health authorities, who will decide whether the hospital can close.I'm sure they thought that would be the most valuable piece of property to sell to a developer for a great high rise condo with water views.

Apr. 03 2013 11:47 AM
Talaat Abdelmoneim from Brookly, NY

I am a hyiscian who used towork full time at LICH. I accepted a full time job at LICH 15 years ago. At that time, I thought the perfect location and the well to do neighberhood are engough to make this hospital alwayes in black. However, throughout the years, it seemd to me that no one ( talking about administration, partner, elected officials, and comunity) wanted LICH to succeed. Alwayes managed poorly, No Support of the community (The community were never invited to support either). No good marketing or PR, No visitors from officials or high profile people. Simpley, everyone wanted LICH to fail. I am not surperised with the latest effort to close the hospital and sell it as real estate. Afterall, I think, that was planned from long time ago, eversince LICH became part of the Contnium Health Partner (CHP)led by Beth Isael Hospital. Finaly, We all remember, when CHP sold Beth Israel Hospital north at 91st st and east end ave( excellent location) as a real estate.

Mar. 20 2013 07:47 PM
wwwbrooklyn from Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

Where can we get a copy of the Deed of Trust for the land where the LICH parking garage now sits? We should copy it and plaster it everywhere and send it to every one of the SUNY Board of Trustees so they personally know they can't sell that piece of property because I'm sure they thought that would be the most valuable piece of property to sell to a developer for a great high rise condo with water views.

Mar. 01 2013 11:58 AM
patterson

Where are all the people who want to Mayor of NYC Quinn ,Thomson etc WHAT about DI Blasio it is in his district ARE THEY ALL AFRAID TO GO AGAINST OUR DICTATORAL GOVENOUR !! What has Mayor Blumberg said ? The land that the parking garage sits on was NYC park land The deed od Trust calls for this land to be used by a "Hospital" if no hospital they must give it back to The People of NYC The Gov had a lousy reputation as Sect of HUD A tiger does not change his stripes I am sure his father [A good Gov] is not proud of his son on this one maybe the Gov girl friend can move out of the gov mansion in Albany to The Govenours top floor apt at the Cobble hill Harbor View Condo. Discounter for special "friends " of Govenours !!!!

Feb. 22 2013 05:12 PM
Fred Winters from NYC

As spokesman for Concerned Physicians for LICH, I know that both commenters, Julie and Jane M, are right. LICH's campus is a powerful draw -- well located, valuable, with great views of the harbor and lower Manhattan. However, I've been at the meetings and know for a fact that Senator Squadron and Assemblywoman Millman have been actively supportive of the effort to save LICH, as have many other elected officials -- including but hardly limited to Congress Member Nydia Velazquez, Borough President Mary Markowitz, City Council Members Letitia James and Brad Lander and Senator Kevin Parker -- all of whom are genuinely and deeply concerned about the health care crisis in Brooklyn.

Feb. 21 2013 02:46 PM
Don CARLOS MONSERRATE from williamsburg ,,Brooklyn

LICH must be keep open , to continue to treat and provide care to me and my neighboes !

Feb. 21 2013 02:42 PM
julie

Squadron has been there every step of the way since the sudden announcement of plans to close LICH. But elected officials and hospital staff can only do so much. The Department of Health & governor also need to hear from the community now. DOH Commissioner's number is (518) 474-2011 and Gov Andy is (518) 474-8390. Email contact info is at www.SaveLICH.org

Feb. 21 2013 01:38 PM
Jane M from Brooklyn

Yeah, right. Nothing to do with real estate values of the land this hospital lives on in now the most affluent community in Brooklyn, Cobble Hill. No matter that this hospital was in the black in the few months leading up to Downstate taking it over. No matter that Bloomberg is demolishing two libraries in this area and taking away parkland for luxury condos just down the street from this hospital. Right, nothing to do with real estate. Shame on our state officials including Senator Squadron and assemblywoman Milman for watching this happen. Voters take note: Squadron wants to be NYC public Advocate. Some advocate ... Well for luxury condo developers maybe.

Feb. 21 2013 11:52 AM

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