SUNY Sustainability Plan: Sell or Close LICH

SUNY has released its Sustainability Plan, which focuses on preserving its teaching function at University Hospital of Brooklyn while seeking to share or transfer health care responsibilities with or to other Brooklyn hospitals and clinics and to home health care, according to The Wall Street Journal:

The proposal doesn’t guarantee that LICH will remain open, although SUNY officials and a nurses union representative said potential operators had stepped up to take over the struggling Cobble Hill institution. A Wall Street Journal analysis of the plan estimates SUNY would need to spend nearly $130 million for the LICH transfer.

NY1 quotes SUNY Downstate President John Williams as saying they are “talking to…five institutions” that may have an interest in taking over management of LICH. According to an analysis of the Sustainability Plan prepared by the Cobble Hill Association, the first mention of LICH in the Plan occurs in a footnote that says:

SUNY will review all responses received to the request for information and determine the most expeditious and financially responsible course of action to enable Downstate to exit from the operation of the Long Island College Hospital facility.

The Plan must be reviewed by the State Department of Health, which may approve it or send it back for revision.

Update: Homer’s cousin/former Cobble Hill Ass’n prexy Jeff Strabone analyzes the plan here:

Breakdown of the Sustainability Plan

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  • hbs

    LICH isn’t even mentioned in the sustainability plan until a footnote on page 13. So much for Squadron’s insistence that Downstate’s sustainability plan must include LICH. And
    which “stakeholders” did SUNY talk with about LICH’s future? 1 townhall meeting dohe requirement doesn’t exactly fill the requirement that “stakeholders” must be consulted and have meaningful input into the plan for LICH. There is no plan in there for LICH

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    where are all my posts?

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    I’ve been trying to post a link to http://www.lichmedicalstaff.org but my posts keep disappearing.

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    I’ve tried to post a link to another web site here innumerable times — I give up!

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    Google “Concerned Physicians of LICH” web site to see more information about SUNY’s dastardly treatment of LICH.

  • gbkm

    Sell to whom? They did not even commit to selling to an operator that would maintain a full hospital. They made it so they could hand over a piece of the place to a clinic operator & close the rest to sell for real estate. Would they even dare? We need to pick up the letter writing campaign & let the Governor know what we need & that nothing short of a full hospital is acceptable.