Once again, rumors of the demise of Long Island College Hospital, better known as LICH, are swirling. After getting a stay of execution in 2011 with $62 million worth of grants and a merger with SUNY Downstate in Albany, the hospital is once again on the chopping block. According to the NY Times,
Mr. Doyle said that H. Carl McCall, the chairman of the SUNY board, and Dr. John Williams, president of Downstate, had met with “stakeholders” in Brooklyn recently to explain that SUNY Downstate faced severe financial hardship, and that the money-losing LICH was part of the problem. He said the closing could be put to a vote of the board in “the near future,” as part of a plan to ensure that SUNY Downstate, a major teaching and hospital center in Brooklyn, could survive.
Seems the hospital has been losing money, and patients, for nearly 17 years. And the gentrification of the neighborhood is being named the culprit–with officials claiming “affluent newcomers” are heading to Manhattan for care. If it does close, will you miss it?