Yet Another Brooklyn Hospital in Trouble

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Now there is no money in the state budget for SUNY Downstate, the Central Brooklyn parent of Cobble Hill’s Long Island College Hospital, which SUNY Downstate officials just last week voted to shutter. “The state’s new budget — which the Senate began adopting Sunday — contains no new funds for the ailing Brooklyn hospital…SUNY officials…must submit a restructuring plan for the hospital by June,” said The New York Daily News. SUNY Downstate, located in East Flatbush, is the only academic medical center in Brooklyn and the borough’s fourth largest employer. SUNY Downstate is just the latest of Brooklyn medical centers to experience financial difficulties recently: Also troubled are Interfaith Medical Center in Bed Stuy and Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Bushwick. Meanwhile, the Daily News reports, developers are salivating to get their hands on the prime Cobble Hill waterfront site currently occupied by SUNY Downstate’s Long Island College Hospital, and SUNY officials admitted real estate played a role in their decision to sell off the property. What do you think is ailing Brooklyn’s hospitals, and will we have enough to support the growing number of Brooklyn residents?
State Nixes Bailout for Ailing SUNY Brooklyn Hospital [NY Daily News]
Developers Licking Chop Over Cobble Hill’s LICH Site [NY Daily News]
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  • I certainly sympathize, as my doc admits to LICH. Yet it must be quite clear to everyone that New York City beds are going to shrink, as they have for years. Hospitals, some of the worst run institutions in the City, are in for it over the next few years. Everyone in the field knows there are excess beds (irony – relative ease of moving all of NYU Langone patients to beds after storm Sandy proves it). This is coming.

  • Agree with Irving Berlin. There is excess capacity. However, there is a socio-economic dynamic in Brooklyn. More affluent people with private insurance go into Manhattan hospitals for delivery or surgeries, while local hospitals serve the uninsured, Medicaid, and Medicare patients. This cost of care is higher than the reimbursement. The state should consider its approach for safety net hospitals here in Brooklyn.