Marty: AG “All Over” Continuum on LICH

At this afternoon’s rally to protest Continuum Health Partners’ proposal to close obstetrics and pediatrics at Long Island College Hospital, Borough President Marty Markowitz (photo) castigated Continuum for its failure to open its books to himself and other public officials, or to work with those officials, community leaders, and LICH medical staff to try to solve the Hospital’s fiscal problems without denying the community essential services. He said he had spoken with State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who had assured him that the AG’s office is “all over” the issue.

Besides the Borough President, local political figures who spoke at the rally against Continuum’s proposal were Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, and Councilman Bill de Blasio. Councilman David Yassky could not attend, but a representative from his office read his statement opposing the closures. Other speakers included Dr. Toomas Sorra, a gastroenterologist who practices at LICH, who asked what options local residents would have if the planned closures happen.

You’re having a baby? Fine. Go to the new Beth Israel Birthing Center in Manhattan. Your child is having an asthma attack? Call a car service.

Rabbi Serge Lippe of Brooklyn Heights Synagogue said, “I’m not an elected official. All I have to say to Continuum is ‘Shame, shame, shame!'”

According to Mary-Powel Thomas, Director of Health and Human Services in the Borough President’s office, two legal issues that are being considered in connection with Continuum and LICH are: first, whether LICH’s merger into Continuum was lawful, as it was never submitted for review or approved by the State Department of Health; and, second, whether Continuum has used funds in LICH’s endowment in violation of the terms of the trust under which the funds were given to LICH.

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  • E G

    I am happy all of the politicians were out there saying the right things, as they will

    I do love what the Doc had to say re: the board of trustee’s and their lack of connection, concern, wherewithal of Brooklyn

    I think there should’ve been more planning and notification of this event. There could have been a much more impressive showing of LICH staff and the public.

    Did any news agencies pick this up?

  • BrooklynKnowledge

    Where are all these jackos when a patient has to wait 10 hours for tylenol which they use as pain management- or when there are NO blankets or pillows to make a patient more comfortable during the wait. These people are pathetic- and it’s just deserved for all the pain they allowed me to suffer there!!!