The saga of the downsizing of Long Island College Hospital continued this week with local representatives calling for a little sanity to be injected into the situation. LICH owners Continuum Partners are trying to dig the hospital out of a $170 million hole by cutting beds, services and selling some of its building. NY State Senator Martin Connor commented this week that their rationale may need a little tweaking:
Brooklyn Eagle: Officials Urge…: State Sen. Marty Connor asked why, when Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens’ populations are growing younger, the hospital would choose to cut its maternity ward. “Maybe instead, they should have cut gerontology,” said the veteran political leader.
“They say they are losing money with obstetrics and gynecology,” said Connor. “Well, from what this layman understands, every hospital loses money with obstetrics and gynecology. It’s what the supermarket calls a ‘loss leader,’ because maternity patients form relationships with doctors whom they continue to use.”