Brooklyn Heights Association President Jane McGroarty has sent a letter to NY Governor Cuomo and Dr. Nirav Shah, Commissioner, NYS Department of Health, urging them to take an in-depth look before allowing closure of SUNY Downstate’s Long Island College Hospital, “a hospital that is critical to the increasing population of downtown Brooklyn.”
BHA notes, “In January a report by NYS Comptroller DiNapoli revealed that LICH was in desperate financial condition. Within two weeks the SUNY Board voted to close. The Brooklyn Heights Association believes SUNY acted in haste and we have sent the attached letter to LICH doctors, the New York State Nurses Association and Local 1199″ following the temporary injunction against its closing in State Supreme Court, with a preliminary hearing date scheduled March 7.
“The decision now rests with Governor Cuomo and the New York State Department of Health, which has to approve any hospital closing,” BHA says.
In the letter, McGroarty offers to Cuomo, “You must find a solution that insures that residents, students, workers and visitors in Downtown Brooklyn have access to adequate medical care, including emergency medical treatment.”