#SaveLICH: Millman and de Blasio Intervene to Get Sick Infant Admitted; AG Investigating Disappearance of 81 Year Old with Dementia

Update: LICH still open; another court hearing Wednesday (NY1); another #SaveLICH rally tomorrow (Sunday, July 28) at noon across from the main entrance at 339 Hicks Street.

According to State Assembly Member Joan Millman’s office, administrators at Long Island College Hospital tried to deny treatment to a sick eleven month old infant who had been born at LICH and whose parents brought him there because his doctor was at LICH and they trusted him. This Eagle story reports that, while the administrators initially tried to turn the child away despite the pleas of his parents and his doctor, they relented after Millman and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio intervened on the baby’s behalf.

The Eagle story also quotes PIX11 to the effect that the State Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Office is investigating the mysterious disappearance of Celso Heredia, an 81 year old LICH patient with dementia.

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  • Amy Rose

    They fail to mention that downstate is the reason why lich hasnt been able to admit patients. Fif it wasnt for them, im sure, that baby’s doctor wouldnt have had to fight to admit that baby yesterday!

  • HenryLOL

    Um,THE HOSPITAL IS CLOSING. Why are you bringingour baby there??? Sorry, your doctor is not assigned to you for life. Things do change.

  • Susan Raboy

    You will not see a closed sign anywhere at LICH. What you will see are armed guards, state troopers & NYC police. Some way for SUNY to run a hospital. SUNY has created this crisis. Dr, Alice Garner is a gifted doctor. The infant’s parents had every right to bring their child to their doctor. LICH is Open 4 Care.

  • HenryLOL

    You need to get over this. It is a for-profit institution that is failing. It needs to close. It’s very simple.

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    It’s a state hospital – SUNY stands for State University of New York.

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    But not YOUR opinion, LOL.

  • HenryLOL

    All that means is that they get a max of 40% of monies from the state. It is not a non-profit and still needs to make money.

  • gc

    According to US News and World Report LICH is the 25th ranked hospital in New York State. Brooklyn Hospital, which is now where you will be taken in an emergency, is unranked and below the state average in patient satisfacton. For people in the Heights or Cobble Hill it is also considerably further away if time is of the essence. It seems to me that the real estate developers are set to be the big winners and we are going to be the big losers.

  • Rick

    HenryLOL, you are an endless font of inaccurate information.

    Even SUNY says you are again wrong.

    On SUNY’s own website, LICH is described as a “non-profit institution that still serves as a primary teaching affiliate of the SUNY Downstate Medical Center”

    I don’t understand you, HenryLOL. Why are you so hostile to the existence of a hospital that has saved so many lives in our community?

    Why do you show so much delight in the idea that it might be taken away from people in our community?

    Why are you such an advocate of taking the hospital away from us?

    What is your vested interest in the dissolution of LICH?

  • ursulahahn

    Every response to HenryLOL means legitimizing him. Ignoring him is the best medicine. Even a not-for-profit hospital must break even.

  • Quinn Raymond

    Where’s Cuomo?

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    I understand what you are saying — and, to some extent, I agree. But LOL is a perfect foil — never failing to provide us with the opportunity to give accurate information about the SUNY/LICH debacle.

  • HenryLOL

    I just called SUNY — the hospital is not a non-profit. I have no vested interest other than to stand up for what is right and fight back to the unions that try to hold innocent institutions hostage. The SUNY board has a right to close it if they can better their organization and the state by putting the monies gained to better use. That’s it.

  • HenryLOL

    Wrong again. Hope you enjoy the new condos!

  • ursulahahn

    LICH is desperately needed and must be kept open. But the question remains of how the deep morass is to be drained, which developed over many years: How can the causes be eliminated, such as insufficient income to cover operational expenses; managerial ineptitude and further siphoning off of resources in the form of excessive administrative fees, etc. The status quo is the result of the above and other contributing factors that the public doesn’t know about or understand. Our electeds could do a better job by explaining the structure and operation of a hospital which, after running into financial problems, is first operated by a for-profit corporation that is permitted to raid the Othmer’s gift, then by a state institution, and of the fiduciary responsibilities of the institution’s board of directors or trustees.
    We must continue to focus on the responses to SUNY’s Request for Information C002521 (posted on the blog recently) which, alas, includes a real estate investor/developer’s proposal to divest and develop the “non-core properties.”

  • HenryLOL

    LOL. Total dribble. Who’s payroll are you on? Do you not realize how silly this all is and how completley transparent you are?

  • Rick

    OK, you’re right, Ursula, I probably shouldn’t have broken my own rule regarding trolls by responding to him. But in this case I didn’t want the idea that LICH is a “for-profit” institution to stay on this thread so as to misinform other readers, when a quick look at the SUNY website reveals that LICH is a non-profit hospital. Still, I probably shouldn’t have fed the troll!

  • BrooklynBugle

    Ok gang, time to take a minute to review our Terms of Service:
    http://brooklynheightsblog.com/about/terms-of-service

  • HenryLOL

    It is not a non profit. Good night. So exhausting…..

  • http://selfabsorbedboomer.blogspot.com/ Claude Scales

    Again, you make unsupported assertions. Be specific. Can you provide contradictory evidence?

  • Heightsman

    Cool pic of Joan…very HD.

  • Rick

    I am going to have to answer your assertion.

    A few of the results of a 2-minute Google search are below:

    US News & World Report says it is a “Not-For-Profit” Hospital.
    http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/area/ny/downstate-long-island-college-hospital-6210720/details

    OK, so maybe one might argue that US News & World Report got their facts wrong. So what does LICH themselves say about the subject?

    Well, on LICH’s own LinkedIn page, they describe themselves as “Nonprofit”.
    http://www.linkedin.com/company/long-island-college-hospital

    And on SUNY Downstate’s website, they describe LICH as follows:

    “LICH is a 516 bed, voluntary, non-profit institution that still serves as a primary teaching affiliate of the SUNY Downstate Medical Center.”
    http://www.downstate.edu/anesthesiology/program_affiliates.html

  • Heightsman

    I do like when BB reminds us of terms of use….it reminds me that life is getting a little petty on the board and we’ve got to check ourselves.

  • http://selfabsorbedboomer.blogspot.com/ Claude Scales

    I think of it as pontillist, in the manner of Seurat.

  • HenryLoL

    these are all unsupported assertions. The Unions want to trick the community into thinking SUNY is doing something illegal or unethical. They are not. Unions want to protect their future and keep status quo to benefit themselves and suck up our resources to do so.

  • ursulahahn

    Henry, go back to school and learn how to spell!

  • http://selfabsorbedboomer.blogspot.com/ Claude Scales

    Is it really a zero-sum game with the unions on one side and everyone else on the other? I wouldn’t want to live in a society in which the unions won on every issue, but I certainly wouldn’t want to live in one in which they lost on all of them, or in which workers didn’t have the right to organize and bargain collectively.

  • http://selfabsorbedboomer.blogspot.com/ Claude Scales

    I presume you’re citing “Who’s” which should be “Whose” two comments up. If so, good catch. I think we should cut him some slack, though. That was, I believe, posted late at night. Staying up late to make ad hominem arguments can be taxing.

  • http://selfabsorbedboomer.blogspot.com/ Claude Scales

    I think the correct answer is that it is a not-for-profit, not a non-profit, as it is probably incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation under New York law. The distinction is immaterial to the argument.

  • http://selfabsorbedboomer.blogspot.com/ Claude Scales

    See my comment above. It’s a not-for-profit, but the distinction is irrelevant.