Governor Andrew Cuomo and  NYS Health Department Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah : Keep University Hospital Brooklyn at Long Island College Hospital open
  • Petitioned Dr. Nirav Shah

This petition was delivered to:

NY State Health Department Commissioner
Dr. Nirav Shah
Governor, State of New York
Andrew M. Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo and NYS Health Department Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah : Keep University Hospital Brooklyn at Long Island College Hospital open

    1. Assemblywoman Joan Millman
    2. Petition by

      Assemblywoman Joan Millman

      Brooklyn, NY

The State University of New York Board of Trustees voted on February 8th and then again on March 12 after a rushed meeting in Westchester, 40 miles from Brooklyn, to support a decision by SUNY Downstate Medical Center leadership to seek approval from the state Department of Health to cease operation of University Hospital of Brooklyn at Long Island College Hospital (LICH) as a full-service inpatient hospital facility.

The medical staff and the elected officials feel we were snookered by this deal. SUNY made promises and they did nothing. I am now urging everyone to contact the Governor and NY State Health Department Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah to urge them not approve the closure of LICH.

The Governor's office can be contacted by calling (518) 474-8390 and then press "2" - letters should also be sent to:

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224

Dr. Shah can be contacted at nrs02@health.state.ny.us or (518) 474-2011.

Long IslandCollegeHospital is an institution that has served Brooklyn and New York City for over 150 years.  A closure of LICH will only worsen the healthcare crisis in Brooklyn. LICH's Emergency Room saw 58,570 patients in 2012 and admitted over 11,000 people to the hospital. On average LICH has seen 60,000 patients per year for the last decade.

By closing LICH 2,000+ people will lose their jobs and Brooklyn will lose quality healthcare.  Any discussion of closing LICH is not acceptable until we answer the question – what was done to fix the problems at LICH? New signage is not a solution! When plans of the merger were first discussed there was talk of issuing operating rooms at LICH for certain procedures. Did that happen?

LICH has been slowly and constantly drained of its resources – the loss of our nursing school, the selling of valuable properties, the failure of the billing department to collect on payments owned to them. Its’ akin to not treating a diseased limb until there is nothing to do but severe it. 

When one institution closes its doors patients must go elsewhere. In recent years, Downtown Brooklyn has seen a surge in new residents.  Closing LICH would harm the neighborhoods it serves and pass along a patient burden to an already strained healthcare network.  This will result in longer ambulance response times, longer wait times and less quality healthcare. 

There must be an alternative that balances the books at SUNY Downstate and keeps LICH open.  

Sponsored by:

Assemblywoman Joan Millman, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, Borough President Marty Markowitz, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Council Members Stephen Levin and Brad Lander

In conjunction with

Congressmembers Yvette Clarke and Hakeem Jeffries

State Senators Velmanette Montgomery, Kevin Parker, Martin Malave Dilan, Diane Savino, Martin Golden, John Sampson, and Eric Adams

State Assembly Members: Alan Maisel, Joseph R. Lentol, Peter J. Abbate Jr., James Brennan, Alec Brook-Krasny, Felix Ortiz,

City Council Members: Letitia James, Jumaane Williams, Diana Reyna, Domenic M. Recchia, Vincent Gentile, David Greenfield, Lew Fidler, Mathieu Eugene

          

 

           

 

 

 

 

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    • ina Bransome BROOKLYN, NY
      • about 1 month ago

      I live in the neighborhood. Had this hospital not existed, my son-in-law would be dead now. It provides a unique service and niche. We cannot allow it to close down.

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    • Ellen Garvey BROOKLYN, NY
      • about 1 month ago

      The surrounding neighborhoods need their hospitals. The push to close UHB at LICH is nothing but a land grab, seeking a windfall from now-desirable real estate (oh those river views!).

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    • regina morantz-sAnchez ANN ARBOR, MI
      • 2 months ago

      essential for community

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    • John Siciliani BROOKLYN, NY
      • 3 months ago

      Too many children in this neighborhood not to have a health care option available.

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    • Diane Paul BROOKLYN, NV
      • 5 months ago

      My life was saved by LICH this Aug. My family has been using the hospital for over 40 years. Without it, getting good medical care quickly in an emergency will not be possible. Other hospitals in Brooklyn and Manhattan are difficult to get to without a car

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