LICH updates

The Long Island College Hospital (LICH) is a vital community institution. It has been in our area for 150 years, employs 1900 people, and most importantly provides life-saving services to people in our area from DUMBO to Red Hook. There were 122,300 patient visits to LICH in 2012; 25,900 of those were visits to the ER.
      The Board of Trustees of the State University of New York (SUNY), which owns LICH is expected to propose at its meeting this Friday that the hospital be closed. By law, there has to be a “Public Meeting/ Hearing” to get this process started. The hearing will take place TODAY, Thursday, February 7, from 3:00-5:00 P.M. at the Auditorium of the College of Optometry, 33 West 42nd Street in Manhattan.
    Please join me and other religious, political, and health care leaders in opposing the closing of LICH. You can take these steps:

• Call Governor Cuomo at 518 474 8390 and tell him that our community needs this hospital.

• Attend a Rally for LICH on Friday, February 8 at LICH, at 8:30 A.M. followed by aHall  march to Borough Hall where there will be a press conference at 9:30 A.M and a public hearing at 10:30 A.M.

 • You can also show your concern by attending a community forum about LICH next Thursday, February 14, from 6-8 P.M. at the synagogue (236 Kane St). The forum is sponsored by the Cobble Hill Association, Brooklyn Heights Association, Carroll Garden Association, Kane Street Synagogue, New York State Nurses Association, and 1199 SEIU.

Sincerely,
The Cobble Hill Association
  • Anonymous

    I think the community should do everything in our power to prevent SUNY from closing LICH, especially this soon after buying it. Have they tried to turn it around in good faith or did they buy it intending to reap a real estate windfall? This feels very very slimy. If the closing can not be prevented then I wonder if it might be possible to keep SUNY from receiving the huge real estate profit. Is there any way to mandate that a significant percentage of the proceeds go to a foundation that will benefit the communities served by LICH, perhaps by endowing an emergency/urgent care center?

  • Anonymous

    This is not a good decision to close
    LICH to build CONDOS. Everyone CONCERNED needs to step UP to stop this. THIS WILL CREATE MORE UNEMPLOYMENT TO INNOCENT AMERICANS! 'PLEASE SAVE LICH NOW'

  • Anonymous

    This is a shame.Suny Downstate acknowledges a
    total operating loss of around 117million dollars
    of which they say LICH is contributing 40 million.
    LICH is not the cause of the pathetic financial
    state of the main campus. Why with a 17 year history
    as they say of losing money buy LICH in
    the first place? They had plenty of time to examine this
    back in 2011 when the merger took place. I smell a rat