Great news: SUNY withdraws plan to close LICH!

Great news: SUNY withdraws plan to close LICH!

Statement of NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Members Brad Lander & Stephen Levin

“We are relieved and happy to learn that SUNY Downstate Medical Center withdrew its proposal to close Long Island College Hospital. This is an incredible victory for Downtown Brooklyn and its residents.

“Earlier today, the Council voted unanimously in favor of a Resolution calling on SUNY and the State Department of Health to work with stakeholders to find another operator for LICH. We also rallied with 1199 SEIU and the New York State Nurses Association to send the message that preserving access to vital health care in this area is essential. Our message was heard.

“For more than 150 years, LICH has been an invaluable asset to its community and a critical part of New York City’s health care system. It provides medical care to over 100,000 patients a year and employs more than 2,000 people. Thankfully, it will continue to.

“We are grateful to all of the advocates who came together to support LICH, including SEIU 1199, NYSNA, Concerned Physicians of LICH, the Cobble Hill Association, the Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association, the Brooklyn Heights Association, and our fellow elected officials. By saving LICH, we have saved lives.”

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