Cobble Hill Hospital Prepares to Shut Its Doors

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In spite of a court order and in the middle of a terrible heat wave, Long Island College Hospital is sending the last of its patients elsewhere and plans to close over the weekend, according to multiple reports. SUNY issued another closure plan late Wednesday, ordered staff to discharge any remaining patients, and told doctors to expect termination letters, according to The New York Times. Meanwhile, the hospital is near empty but staffed and losing $15,000,000 a month, mostly in salary. SUNY said it is not violating the court’s temporary restraining order because it has filed an appeal and therefore no restraining order is in effect, reported Crain’s. Nurses said emergency response times are slower “because ambulances have been lined up at Methodist Hospital in Park Slope trying to unload patients there,” according to the New York Post. “I spoke to a woman yesterday whose mother waited two days to be seen at Methodist Hospital because they were so backed up,” the paper quoted a paramedic as saying. The closure has bigger ramifications, according to the Times: “The hospital’s grim fate illustrates how health care is changing in New York and in the country, as hospitals confront seismic changes in patient care and how it is financed.” But perhaps more to the point, as the Times also said: “The huge red brick building in Cobble Hill stands on the border of Brooklyn Heights, with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline that make it more valuable as a real estate development site than as a medical center.”

3 Comment

  • Bob Marvin

    Who’d have imagined that temporary restraining orders were THAT temporary?

  • This is really depressing and infuriating… somehow even moreso in the middle of a heat wave.

  • Such a sad tale of administrator greed and years of neglect of what once was a fine hospital system: let us hope there are no awards for how John and Judy LaRosa and senior staff bled that hospital and medical school dry since 1990. The expansion to Bay Ridge and LICH when the main hospital was already broke and offering far-too-common substandard care was incredibly irresponsible. We desperately need quality care in this large borough, and this mess will take years to sort out. My heart goes out to the really dedicated talented staff members of LICH, and those who haven’t already left at SUNY Brooklyn – amazing wonderful people. And LICH will probably turn into housing instead of the skilled urgent walk-in and emergency care that we need in downtown. Capitalism – just so good for healthcare! Except the joke is on us, on Brooklyn, the 4th largest city in the country with some of the worst healthcare available, whether its cardiac, orthopedic, cancer (1 exception), diabetes, you name it. The wealthy correctly got to Manhattan and the rest face some of the highest nosocomial infection and preventable mortality rates in the country. That’s what we should be fighting: we could have care as good as Manhattan and why don’t we?