NY1 reports that, at yesterday’s forum on proposals for Long Island College Hospital, not surprisingly, “the consensus” of the community representatives attending was that LICH should remain a full service hospital. Jeff Strabone (photo), of the Cobble Hill Association, is quoted as saying, “If we lose this hospital, people will die.” The NY1 story also quotes Jim Walden, the Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher attorney representing community groups in the LICH struggle:
So if you have a stroke, if you have a heart attack, if you are in the middle of a miscarriage, you can’t go to a free standing emergency department and get care, you can only go there to get triaged, and then you’re going to get transferred to a hospital.
NY1 also quotes Jo Anne Simon, Democratic District Leader for the 52nd Assembly District, as saying “she left the meeting with many questions unanswered.” This may in large part have been because, as a reader noted in a comment to our previous post, SUNY refused to allow bidders for LICH to participate in the forum.
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