Concerned Physicians of LICH Ask For Donations To Continue Fight

As the fight to #SaveLICH continues, the Concerned Physicians of LICH are asking supporters for donations so that they may contnue their legal battle to save the hospital.

Last week, Judge Johnny Lee Baynes threw another obstacle in the way of the forces trying to close the facility.

Dear Physician, Employee and Friend of LICH,

We need your help!

If you have been following the “Saga of LICH” you realize that the fight to Save LICH, which started in January 2013, continues in full force.

The attorneys for Concerned Physicians of LICH, among their other efforts, have pursued the contention that the proposed closure of LICH violates the present NY State constitution –
this issue was vindicated in court this past Thursday with Judge Baynes decision, which assures that LICH will remain open.

Nevertheless, the fight to restore LICH to its proper place as the full-service hospital in downtown Brooklyn continues, since SUNY/Downstate Medical Center continues to defy court orders in its attempt to shut us down.

Our legal effort needs to continue to fight this fight until we achieve our full victory, and your help via contributions is essential to help fund this.
We thank all who have contributed thus far, and ask that all of you – physicians who have been connected to LICH, employees who have worked at LICH, and friends and community members who depend on the continued presence of LICH –

Please consider what LICH has meant to you, what LICH means to you, and what the possible loss of LICH would mean to you and yours.

Please send your contributions via check to:

Concerned Physicians of LICH
554 Henry Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231

on contribute via the PayPal link on our website:

Thanking you all in advance,

The Board of Concerned Physicians of LICH

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  • Alec

    i donated! #moneywheremouthis
    you should too!

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    Yay, Alec! I’ve been doing it, too!

  • Mike Obermuller
  • Remsen Street Dweller

    Just to reiterate, I am going to include what Jeff Strabone posted on the Cobble Hill Association’s blog ( which is a summation of the Judge Demarest’s recent ruling concerning SUNY and LICH. This is necessary because Mike Obermuller and his ilk never stop repeating their lies in newspaper comments/blogs, interviews, etc. In this case, the NY Post has chosen to repeat these lies from Carl McCall and the rest of the SUNY gang:
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    The short version is that Justice Carolyn Demarest of Brooklyn state court has vacated SUNY’s 2011 acquisition of LICH. That means that SUNY no longer owns LICH and cannot profit from its sale. How is this possible, you ask? Let us explain.

    When SUNY acquired LICH in 2011, the acquisition was effected by an order of Justice Demarest. That’s how it was done. Today Demarest issued a new Decision and Order. In it, she found that SUNY’s running of the hospital was “a travesty of the mission of LICH”. She reminds us that the reason for SUNY’s acquisition was “to ensure LICH’s ongoing existence and safeguard its charitable mission”. SUNY instead did the opposite of what they were bound to do: they tried to destroy LICH. For this reason, the hospital was taken away from them today.

    Justice Demarest’s language in the order is harsh. She does not beat around the bush in pointing the finger at SUNY. Indeed, she suggests that SUNY may have deceived the court in 2011 and that it intended to sabotage LICH in order to sell it as real estate from the very beginning. This is something the CHA and our allies have been saying for many months now. Today our accusations have all been vindicated by the court’s action.

    Here are the key elements:
    1. SUNY failed to uphold its obligation to run LICH properly.
    “this Court finds that SUNY-Downstate has breached its contractual obligations”

    2. SUNY may have failed by design as part of a deliberate scheme to sell LICH for real estate.
    SUNY “has failed, possibly by design, and that this Court, and many of the other interested parties, may have been deliberately misled at the time the transfer was approved.”

    3. SUNY has lied about LICH’s finances.
    SUNY expected losses of $144.4 million over three years when it acquired LICH in 2011. What actually happened instead: “SUNY-Downstate’s actual losses attributable to LICH approximate $30 million dollars at this time.” Remember that SUNY has been falsely claiming that LICH is losing $15 million a month.

    4. In fact, LICH is so relatively sound that SUNY has tried to pilfer it for its own sake.
    “Moreover, LICH’s Liability Fund is actually in very good condition, to the extent that SUNY has sought to cover its own financial difficulties by accessing LICH’s retained assets.” While SUNY claimed LICH was bankrupting SUNY, the opposite was true.

    5. The court would never have approved of SUNY’s acquisition of LICH had it known that SUNY Downstate was in even worse financial condition than LICH.
    Justice Demarest cites the NYS Comptroller’s January 2013 audit of SUNY Downstate. Those of you who read the CHA’s LICH Factbook may recall that we made a big fuss about the audit, too.

    6. SUNY’s repeated attempts to close LICH have been “in flagrant defiance” of stays and orders by the court.

    7. A full hearing would be needed to determine SUNY’s motives.
    “Without a full hearing, it cannot be determined whether SUNY’s […] original design and intent was to seize the very substantial assets of LICH and convert them to SUNY’s own purposes in disregard of the stated intent of the Transaction.” Furthermore, “The wave of enthusiasm [in 2011] for a solution that would preserve LICH may have blinded many to a more sinister purpose to seize its assets and dismantle the hospital.”

    8. SUNY cannot appeal today’s Decision and Order until and unless there has been a full hearing first before Justice Demarest.

    9. If the NYS Attorney General cannot represent the public due to conflict of interest, the Court may turn to the NYC Public Advocate.
    That would be Bill de Blasio.

    So where does this leave LICH ownership-wise? Does it revert to its previous owner, Continuum? Not exactly. Justice Demarest suggests that Continuum “resume operation of the hospital”, but Continuum publicly said today it would not. The ruling says that, in that case, the NYS Commissioner of Health “may apply to this Court to designate a receiver”.That is what we expect to happen, but no one knows for sure.

    What we do know is that SUNY’s scheme to destroy our hospital and walk away with a $1 billion real estate profit has been thwarted. Could this victory be overturned? Maybe, but see point 8 above.

    Justice Demarest will hold a conference on Thursday in her chambers to sort out some of the consequences. We will stay on the case and keep you informed.

    Jeff Strabone

  • Mike Obermuller

    Fairy Tales and Lies from LICH Folks. De Blasio was thrown out of ANY possible part of any lawsuit as he has n o standing. PLease read before you make up lies. As the article states NO ONE is stepping floward to take over LICH. No one!!!!! We can all say there are seven possible suitors but they all want to close down operations and sell property for condos. Now that it is obvious no one is comming foward even our Govenor is stepping foward to say he favors closing LICH. Unless Judge Demarest has a slush fund LICH is DOA. Listen again No One is stepping foward to take over LICH!!!!! Read the article again in Post LICH loosing $40 million per year. You can live in a fantasy world but it is going to crash around you now.

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    Take your talon and click here, Mike.

  • Yop

    Close it. They are wasteful inefficient and sloppy.

  • nombre

    hmmm, how do you know so much of whats going on behind the scenes I wonder. Seems to me that YOU are the one making up fairy tales. In case you haven’t read the state budget that was passed into law some time ago, there is a provision for assigning a temporary operator to take over the hospital when its adminstrators have failed their duty. Justice Demarest’s ruling qualifies LICH for that. And FYI, thanks to Demarest stripping SUNY of LICH assets & returning them to their rightful owner, LICH is now a bride that comes with a dowry. She’s much more attractive to potential suitors A.D. (After Demarest) than she was B.D. (Before Demarest). Don’t for one minute fool yourself into believing that their are no suitors or that any who propose closing the hospital & turning a real estate deal will be handed the keys. Demarest ruled that LICH much remain a full service hospital & has already rejected reducing it to anything less. No matter how many hissy fits you through it wont change the fact that you’re just posting your wishful thinking – not facts – and you are wrong. Butno need to argue all over the internet. Time will tell. And you will then need to find a new hobby.