Following Thursday’s pro forma public hearing, the SUNY Board, as expected, unanimously voted Friday morning to shutter Cobble Hill’s 155-year-old Long Island College Hospital, at 339 Hicks Street. BHB will watch for updates throughout the day…
UPDATE: 5 p.m.: Brooklyn Eagle reports that SUNY Downstate Medical Center President John Williams says LICH could close in “as little as two weeks or as much as a few months,” during which time the state Health Department will review the closure plan. The state agency rarely, however, reverses a hospital’s decision to close, WJS notes.
UPDATE 11 a.m.: Eagle reports that Downstate Medical Center president Dr. John Williams told the board Friday that no one was to blame for the death of LICH. “This is unfortunately just one of the things we just have to do.”
BACKGROUND: SUNY acquired the financially troubled hospital in 2010, hoping it would be a “beneficial partner” to SUNY’s Downstate teaching hospital in East Flatbush. On Thursday, Dr. John Williams, president of the SUNY Downstate hospital system, formally recommended to the university board that LICH be closed. He said both hospitals have continued to lose money, especially LICH, whose occupancy rate is under 50%.