Local Pols Rally to Save Long Island College Hospital


This afternoon local politicians joined nurses, caregivers and community members to rally in support of the Long Island College Hospital in Cobble Hill, part of the SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Though the hospital was just acquired by SUNY in 2011, it was recently threatened with closure. According to a press release out earlier today, “the elected officials are arguing that the potential closure of any campus is unacceptable, and that SUNY must develop a stabilization plan that provides a long-term solution to preserve critical diversity in medical education, quality healthcare and good jobs for Brooklyn and the entire state.” Here’s a letter on the matter from Brooklyn’s congressional representatives and another letter signed by Borough President Markowitz. The hospital faces significant financial hardship and, as the Brooklyn Eagle pointed out, the property alone could fetch over $100 million in a sale. There is no projected date for when the hospital could close, but the SUNY board may vote on the matter in the near future.
Photo by Daniel Squadron

11 Comment

  • Mr. Squadron must have arms like Mr. Tickle if he managed to take that picture.

  • Let it close! So finally the middle class finally could gain access to its old neighborhood which was lost through high rents and gentrification! We will see what happens once the doctors and the professionals pull out of the hood.

  • Let it close! So finally the middle class finally could gain access to its old neighborhood which was lost through high rents and gentrification! We will see what happens once the doctors and the professionals pull out of the hood

  • Let it close! So finally the middle class finally could gain access to its old neighborhood which was lost through high rents and gentrification! We will see what happens once the doctors and the professionals pull out of the hood

  • I support LICH with everything I’ve got. Due to a chronic condition, I’ve used their ER and have been admitted to the hospital many times over the years. It is a huge asset to the area and I wish our community could see that! I will be saddened if it closes, as well as worried about what to do in the future when I need ER and hospital services.

  • Posting the same thing 3 times makes it three times as important, right?

  • No it doesn’t Andrew my browser froze and I hit the enter key multiple times

  • LICH would not be in constant financial distress if the wealthy people in the surrounding area actually used it. They usually go to the Manhattan hospitals if they have a choice and only end up in LICH for emergencies out of necessity. Same goes for Methodist in Park Slope, although they are healthy financially. A wealthy Park Sloper would never voluntarily step foot in Methodist. I am guilty of this myself. Although I live in DUMBO, I use NYU Langone Medical Center, but I am a doctor there also, so I have perks there.

  • I have lived in the area for almost 30 years and have taken my family to no other hospital for all procedures, including delivering our babies and the emergency room. The only exception was the birth of my eldest son, who was born at New York Hospital in Manhattan, and that was not a great experience.

    I love LICH and think that it is a great hospital, it would be a shame to lose it. They had a great pediatric emergency room.

  • Alarms went off when I saw the name Carl McCall. Same guy? This is pretty obviously a real estate play. The idea that $100m is being floated as a price must have people salivating in board rooms. A single townhouse in this ‘hood goes for $5m and now you can get multiple buildings, some with harbor views, a huge garage, etc. I cannot find a good map or description of their physical plant but the price per sf off of $100m must be super low. For a super dense grandfathered building. Home run for a developer.