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Long Island College Hospital Hearing Draws Big Crowd

November 11th, 2008 · 2 Comments

[Photo courtesy of Stephen Lipuma]

The hearing at Brooklyn Borough Hall about the future of Long Island College Hospital drew a crowd of about 200 people yesterday. Many of the participants called on Continium Health Partners, which runs the troubled hospital in Cobble Hill to devise a plan to keep the hospital from closing. There are widespread fears that the company wants to sell off the land to developers rather than keep the hospital operating. “We are open to plans from all quarters,” Mr. Markowitz said, “from the patients and doctors who attended the hearing, from medical groups and hospitals who have expressed an interest in maintaining these important services in Downtown Brooklyn, and from the current management of Continuum-LICH, if they can offer a plan that preserves these services.” The Borough President said Continuum should go “back to the drawing board” to come up with a plan for saving the hospital. LICH is forming a community advisory board on which the Borough President and elected officials will have seats. “Closing LICH is not acceptable,” Mr. Markowitz said. “Cutting back basic services is not acceptable. And we know that LICH is not alone, and that its difficulties are part of the larger health care crisis plaguing Brooklyn and the nation. That is why we’re seeking solutions not only for LICH, but for all health care providers.”

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  • 1 kevin // Nov 11, 2008 at 9:11 am

    Although I live in NJ, my in laws are from this area of Brooklyn and about 8 years ago, while my father in law was being treated in that hospital, news broke that a well off local family was donating about 100 million dollars from its estate to support the hospital. Since this person lived about one mile away prior to his death was an author and local professor I am sure the money was to be used for that hospital in that local community rather than the parent coming taking the money and runnng across the river with it. Any one know the status of where that money went??

  • 2 Cobble Hill Blog » Marty’s LICH Hearing: Get Cuomo on the Case! // Nov 11, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    […] At last night’s hearing about the fate of Long Island College Hospital,  Brooklyn Beep Marty Markowitz urged residents to write to NYS Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and ask him to mobilize his office and the State Department of Health to take action in the matter.  Read more at Brooklyn Heights Blog and Gowanus Lounge. […]