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Judge Rejects LICH Closure

Friday, September 13, 2013

A state judge in Brooklyn has rejected the closure of Long Island College Hospital. Justice Johnny Baynes said the state health department's decision to allow the Cobble Hill facility, known as LICH, to close is invalid. He also called state health regulations "unconstitutionally vague" when it comes to authorizing hospital shutdowns.

Attorneys for LICH's owner, SUNY Downstate, argued that hospitals that need to close should be allowed to, and that the state's only role is to make sure patients' lives aren't endangered and their records aren't lost.

Healthcare unions and a doctors group from LICH argued that the Health Department was effectively rubber-stamping hospital closures. Justice Baynes agreed, writing that the department's laissez-faire practice violates its state mission "to promote and assure the provision of health care in any given neighborhood."

The State Health Department says it's reviewing the ruling. SUNY Downstate had no immediate comment.

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Julianne Welby

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Mike Obermuller from Crown Heights

The problem is LICH is loosing $40 million per year and has been loosing millions for over 18 years in a row. When is enough enough? Who will pay if they can't close the hospital. The Judge never thought out these decesions. LICH sits in a very rich neighborhood where the residents do not want new Condos built. They almost never use the hospital they are fighting to save. Use it or loose it! No one is willing to come in and pick up a $40 million dollar loss per year and keep running it. The judges rulling just makes taxpayers of NYS waste money before the end comes for LICH.

Sep. 19 2013 10:00 AM

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