The NY Post reports in a story by Josh Saul and Rich Calder that LICH’s SUNY overlords have refused to open the facility’s books for two hospital groups interested in taking it over. Hackensack University Medical Center and North Shore-LIJ are said to be interested the report claims.
SUNY’s plan to shut down LICH was put on hold by Supreme Court Justice Johnny Lee Baynes who issued a restraining order until the state follows open meeting laws.
NY Post: “If there was a legitimate interested buyer for LICH, SUNY Downstate would be delighted,” said SUNY Downstate spokesman Steve Greenberg. “If Dr. Soora has interested suitors he should refer them to [SUNY Downstate.]”
Community groups slammed SUNY over what they perceive as torpedoing of efforts to keep open the only hospital directly serving Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill and Downtown Brooklyn.
“Not opening the books would doom any sale with any potential suitor,” said Cobble Hill Association president Roy Sloane, who believes real-estate interests want to turn the site into luxury housing.
“I believe there is a plan to kill and liquidate LICH,” he said.