On Cable Tonight: T.K. Small on LICH

This evening, Brooklyn Independent Television’s “Brooklyn Review” will feature an interview (conducted by yours truly) with loyal BHB reader and frequent commenter T.K. Small. T.K., a lawyer whose practice is focused on issues affecting disabled persons, will discuss the planned closure of portions of Long Island College Hospital and sale of some of its buildings. Unfortunately, because of scheduling constraints, the interview will not be shown until after the public meeting at LICH that starts at 6:30 this evening.

“Brooklyn Review” is on Time Warner Cable channel 56 and Cablevision channel 69, starting at 9:00 P.M.

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  • Brooklynite

    Pediatrics, Obstetrics and dentistry are gone….

  • E G

    Dependent upon the NYS Dept. of Health’s approval of the plan submitted to them.

  • bornhere

    I’m sorry I couldn’t make the meeting. Could someone offer a summary (was there open discussion, who was “allowed” to contribute, was there any discussion of the “quality” of care), or was what Brookynite succinctly written essentially it?

  • http://selfabsorbedboomer.blogspot.com Claude Scales

    Bornhere: I was there, took notes, and even asked a question that got an interesting answer. I’m writing a post about it, which I hope to have up early tomorrow.

  • bornhere

    Thanks, Claude. I’ll be looking for your post. (And despite my last post, English really is my native language.)

  • Rosie, rn

    I find it amazing that all over the lobby of LICH last night there were advertisements for the LICH ball. They are honoring the director of Nursing and Medical staff. This is a big joke to have a GALA BALL when they will most likely be laying off approximately 100 nurses. People will be losing their jobs around Christmas time and they are asking for hundreds of dollars to attend a gala ball.

  • brooklynite

    my question to a lot of people in the neighborhood is….. do you use LICH as your primary hospital? Is this where you go for your OB/GYN, etc? It just seems that very few people go to LICH from the neighborhood, so how can you expect it to succeed when very few people in the neighborhood support it?

  • E G

    Brooklynite is correct, I believe. From what I gather what support there is for the hospital is more for sentimental/historical reasons as well as on principle. The reality is that a small percentage of residents have much, if any relationship to the hospital.

    I did my clinical rotations at LICH. Overwhelmingly the patients on the units were African American from central Brooklyn, East NY, other area’s… not from the neighborhood. Same goes for the clinics, private practice groups.

    It was heartening to see the outpouring of support for LICH at the meeting. Certainly there is more from some not in attendance. However, by in large LICH is perceived as a blight- a depressing, sub par institution for the poor and chronically ill where one is more likely to be infected rather than cured. I believe many would indeed love to see LICH close and converted to bright new luxury condo’s with spectacular views of NY Harbor.

  • nabeguy

    EG, I think what most people would love more than condos is a quality hospital that they felt they could entrust the health of their families to. Whatever reputation LICH may have today, it is not of recent vintage. As a kid in the 60’s, my parents would drive me all the way to Kings County hospital rather than LICH, even if it meant that I bled that much more on the way to getting 5 stitches. Even then, BH residents knew that it was not a place of high-quality care.

  • Henry & State

    Many years ago, LICH was a somwhat decent hospital (not the greatest but much better than it is today). A few of my Drs. are affiliated with LICH and they are so fed up with CHP running the show. I think since they were taken over by Continuum Health Partners thats when they went beyond down hill in every apect They CHP have run that hospital into the ground and beyond.