Tuesday, September 8th 2009, 5:41 PMFour school health clinics run by embattled Long Island College Hospital got a shot in the arm last week as state officials announced a deal to keep them open this school year.
Cash-strapped LICH closed the clinics, which serve six Brooklyn public schools, this summer to save $300,000 a year.
Endangered health clinics in four public schools will be open when students return to class today, thanks to an emergency infusion of cash from the state government.
The four clinics located in elementary and middle schools in Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Boerum Hill and Park Slope are run by Long Island College Hospital, which said it had to close the centers because they lose $300,000 per year.
Posted by Amy Spitalnick on Thursday, August 9th, 2012
Electeds Urge Comprehensive Plan to Save Hospital and Medical School
BROOKLYN – Today, a coalition of Brooklyn elected officials sent a letter to Governor Cuomo urging immediate action to save critical services and medical training at the State University of New York’s Downstate Medical Center (Downstate) and its affiliates.
Downstate faces a major operating deficit, and a significant restructuring is necessary for the institution’s survival. Downstate’s Long Island College Hospital has already laid off 150 employees; over 400 more Downstate employees will receive contract-mandated notice of future layoffs this month, with over a thousand layoffs expected in the next year. This will lead to a massive cut in services and the ability to train medical professionals in Brooklyn.
Broad Coalition of Brooklyn Elected Officials Urge Long-Term Plan to Keep All Campuses Open
BROOKLYN – Today, a broad coalition of Brooklyn elected officials joined 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), nurses and caregivers, and community members to rally in support of SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Long Island College Hospital (LICH), and the hospital’s other affiliates – which are vital to Brooklyn’s already-underserved residents.
Last week, an audit released by the New York State Comptroller’s office made clear that there is a fiscal crisis at SUNY Downstate and its affiliated institutions. The elected officials are arguing that the potential closure of any campus is unacceptable, and that SUNY must develop a stabilization plan that provides a long-term solution to preserve critical diversity in medical education, quality healthcare, and good jobs for Brooklyn and the entire state.
Posted by Amy Spitalnick on Thursday, February 7th, 2013
NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, who represents Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in Cobble Hill and its surrounding communities, testified at the State University of New York's public board meeting on Downstate Medical Center and LICH.
Posted by Amy Spitalnick on Friday, February 8th, 2013
BROOKLYN -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement upon the SUNY Board of Trustees vote to authorize Downstate's president to propose a plan to the New York State Department of Health that could close Long Island College Hospital (LICH) and sell off the hospital for real estate development:
Posted by Amy Spitalnick on Friday, April 26th, 2013
BROOKLYN -- State Senator Daniel Squadron, who represents Long Island College Hospital (LICH) and its surrounding communities, released the following statement upon the State University of New York's decision to withdraw its closure plan for LICH. Instead of pursuing the closure plan, SUNY will work on securing a sustainability plan without an active closure plan on the table -- creating the possibility of collaborative process:
It's good news that SUNY is withdrawing its closure plan for LICH. Now there's a real opportunity for a collaborative process that engages the community and local leaders on LICH's future.
We've been making our voices heard loud and clear: LICH is vital to Brooklyn. And it's clear we're being heard.
BROOKLYN -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Assemblymember Joan Millman, Council Member Brad Lander and Council Member Stephen Levin, released the following statement upon SUNY's attempt to close Long Island College Hospital this weekend:
BROOKLYN – Today, Senator Daniel Squadron, Congressmember Nydia Velázquez, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Borough President Marty Markowitz, Assemblymember Joan Millman, Council Members Brad Lander and Stephen Levin sent a letter to Governor Cuomo urging the Department of Health to reject The State University of New York’s closure plan for Long Island College Hospital, immediately stop the closure of all departments, and require SUNY to continue operating the hospital until a new provider is identified.