PIX11 reports that both the Kings County (Brooklyn) District Attorney’s office and the New York State Attorney General are investigating possible criminal activity by SUNY Downstate’s management in its efforts to shut down Long Island College Hospital.
The DA got involved at the urging of Justice Johnny Lee Baynes of the New York Supreme Court, Kings County, who issued injunctions prohibiting SUNY from shutting down LICH, beginning in February. As the PIX11 story points out, once LICH has been closed, it will be prohibitively difficult to re-open it as a hospital. The story also notes that, when St. Vincent’s Hospital was closed, Greenwich Village and nearby residents were promised that an emergency care facility would be sited nearby to serve the community. That promise has not been kept.
Addendum: Reader Rick Elkins adds this info:
I was in the Emergency Room at LICH today, my girlfriend had a kidney stone, so we took a car service there, and we found the care to be excellent, and the staff were very nice. But there were very few patients in the Emergency Room, most of the beds in the ER were empty due to SUNY’s recent actions. And I can confirm from my experiences today that ambulances are STILL refusing to bring patients to LICH.