LICH is out of the ICU and recovering
by Andrew Pavia
May 01, 2013 | 531 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Following pressure from the community and local elected officials, State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate has withdrawn its proposal to close Long Island College Hospital (LICH).

Representatives from SUNY said that a plan a new owner is being sought for the 150-year-old Cobble Hill hospital.

“The financial conditions at LICH remain unchanged,” said Downstate President Dr. John F. Williams, Jr. “LICH’s continued financial losses still threaten the viability of Downstate Medical and our world-renowned medical school.

“We are withdrawing the closure plan so we can work with state and other stakeholders on a sustainability plan for Brooklyn’s only medical school and to ensure quality medical care throughout the borough,” added Williams.

This news came following a nonbinding resolution passed in the City Council calling for SUNY to work with stakeholders to find a new owner for the hospital.

The resolution was sponsored by councilmen Brad Lander and Stephen Levin.

“Seems like the New York City Council resolution we passed yesterday to save LICH had a fast impact!” Landers tweeted from his account last week.

“This victory shows the power that we have as nurses when we unite our voices to protect care for our patients,” said Jill Furillo, executive director of the New York State Nurses Association. “Through rain, sleet, and snow, nurses have fought every day for the past six months to save Long Island College Hospital. And we won.”

In a press release, SUNY stated it will issue a “sustainability plan” June 1 with a detailed blueprint to allow Downstate to “achieve financial viability while continuing to provide its core services in education, clinical care and research.”

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