LICH to Stay Open for Now

Long Island College Hospital will stay open after a judge on Friday extended a temporary restraining order that blocks the State University of New York from closing the cash-strapped facility.

The judge offered no timeline on the extension during which he will review the filings.

"The reality is that LICH is not sustainable and would have already closed had SUNY not stepped in and tried to keep it alive," SUNY spokesman David Doyle said in a statement.

The SUNY board of trustees voted unanimously last month to close the hospital. Two weeks ago, a restraining order put that plan on hold.

LICH was meant to complement SUNY Downstate Hospital. But the system has experienced losses of $11 million a month, and LICH responsible for nearly a third of those losses.

the reality is that LICH is not sustainable and would have already closed had SUNY not stepped in and tried to keep it alive."