SUNY withdraws plan to close LICH
by Andrew Pavia
Apr 26, 2013 | 641 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Following pressure from the community and local elected officials, the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate has withdrawn its proposal to close Long Island College Hospital (LICH).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 is being created to find a new owner for the 150-year-old facility.

“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.”

This news came following a resolution passed in the New York City Council with an eye toward keeping the hospital open. The full council voted in favor of the non-binding resolution calling for SUNY to work with stakeholders to find a new owner for the hospital.

“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,” said Williams.

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