Judge orders ambulances return to LICH
by Andrew Pavia
Sep 04, 2013 | 715 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and Councilman Stephen Levin announcing the motion to intervene.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and Councilman Stephen Levin announcing the motion to intervene.
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A State Supreme Court has relinquished SUNY Downstate of ownership of Cobble Hill's Long Island College Hospital, ruling it never had the intention of keeping the medical facility open.

Following the ruling, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio filed a “Motion to Intervene” in court last week to ensure that local community groups would have a say in picking a new owner.

Those groups included the Boerum Hill Association, Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association, Cobble Hill Association, Brooklyn Heights Association, Wyckoff Gardens Association and Riverside Tenants’ Association.

“SUNY turned its back on this community, and as a result, it almost succeeded in turning this hospital into luxury condos,” said de Blasio. “We’ll fight in court to make sure this community has a seat at the table and a voice in determining who ultimately runs LICH.”

In addition to announcing that community members have more say regarding LICH de Blasio also called for a plan to protect the residents. He is asking for a plan to protect medical records and hospital property from being stolen or sold.

“It is a testament to the organizing and perseverance of the patients, nurses, doctors and elected officials that LICH is still open for care today,” said Councilman Stephen Levin. “We are continuing to add new voices into the fight to save LICH and will continue to stand together so that the hospital can provide needed care for the communities of Brooklyn.”

In addition, Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge Carolyn Demarest ruled that the 155-year-old institution would have to restore ambulance service as of 2:30 p.m. on September 3.

Originally, the judge wanted to bring ambulance service back earlier, but was told by LICH doctors that the amount of staff at the facility could not handle the patients.

“We are working in good faith with the judges to settle all issues surround SUNY’s association with LICH,” a SUNY representative state.

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