SUNY Finalizes Fortis Deal for LICH

The saga of Long Island College Hospital comes to an end:

News12: The SUNY Board of Trustees has unanimously approved a final agreement on the future of Long Island College Hospital.
Fortis Property Group will purchase the struggling Cobble Hill medical center for $240 million, not including any transition costs.
SUNY will continue to run the emergency department at LICH until NYU Langone Medical Center takes over on Sept. 1.

NY Observer: The lack of an assessment, as well as SUNY’s decision to cut off talks with Brooklyn Health Partners, whose proposal for the site included a full-service hospital, and the Peebles Corporation, has fueled opposition to the Fortis deal, which elected officials and community members claim does not meet the community’s health care needs. When SUNY announced that it had reached a tentative deal last week, a group of Brooklyn elected officials, including State Sen. Daniel Squadron and City Councilman Brad Lander, released a statement lamenting the agreement, which “falls far short of a full-service hospital. And it does not resume immediate ambulance service, nor require an independent community needs assessment,” the statement read. “We will continue to stand with the community, and urge SUNY and all parties to work collaboratively to meet the needs of the neighborhood and all of Brooklyn.”

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