SUNY Downstate Hosts Town Hall Meeting Monday To Discuss LICH ‘Sustainability Plan’

A town hall meeting is taking place today to discuss a sustainability plan for SUNY Downstate, the hospital that controls the fate of Long Island College Hospital. The meeting was held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s Alumni Auditorium in Brooklyn.

The public was allowed to offer comments of no more than 3 minutes, while The Town Hall Meeting began with a presentation from SUNY and Downstate officials, followed by elected officials.

In addition, the New York State Nurses Association, which strongly supports community efforts to keep the local hospital open, circulated this letter today:

Dear Neighbors, That Long Island College Hospital remains open for care is the product of a strong coalition of community groups, unions, physicians and elected officials. This coalition continues to be active and is working hard to assure that LICH serves our communities as a full service hospital for years to come.

Individual hospital patients and former patients have been a key component of our coalition. Some patients have shared their stories with the media and at rallies, some have distributed posters and literature, and others have involved their families and neighbors to support the Save LICH campaign.

Susan Raboy, a Brooklyn Heights neighbor and former LICH patient who has been a constant presence at our community events would like to invite other LICH patients and their family and friends to join the newly formed the LICH Patients’ Committee to Save Our Hospital.

In the weeks ahead we will be working to keep the LICH story alive, and LICH patients and their family and friends will be to be major part of that effort. If you or someone you know would like to join this committee, please contact Susan Raboy at

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  • BenF

    Hard to provide meaningful advice to a hospital that is $100 of millions in the hole in 3 minutes! Did they REALLY want our ideas or was this just window dressing?

  • julie

    The next public hearing to discuss the future of LICH is scheduled for June 4th by the NYS Senate Committee for Higher education (Chair: Senator Ken Lavalle – suffolk county) & is being held in Albany. Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor,
    Albany, New York
    10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
    Contact: Nicole Stewart (518) 455-3121 (LaValle)
    Media Contact: Drew Biondo (631) 473-1461 (LaValle)