Downstate announces date of permanent LICH closure
by Chase Collum
Apr 30, 2014 | 516 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In a memo signed by SUNY Downstate Interim Chief Executive Officer Michael Miller last week, plans were outlined for the ramping down of emergency services in preparation for full Long Island College Hospital closure on May 22, 2014.

“Due to the scheduled closure of the hospital,” reads the memo circulated to patients and staff on April 24, “we are initiating service changes, specifically in the emergency room.”

Miller goes on to add that LICH “will not be accepting patients brought to the emergency department by ambulance starting Monday, May 12, 2014, at 7 a.m. The diversion is permanent.”

Until May 22 at 7 a.m., walk-in patients will receive preliminary medical screening before being redirected to other area hospitals.

In a statement posted to the Cobble Hill Association’s blog, one of the association’s vice presidents Dave “Paco” Abraham mourned the announcement.

“Fortunately, a long battle with the support of civic groups and local electeds resulted in a new evaluation of proposals to redevelop the hospital and property and a winning bid was selected just weeks ago,” Abraham said. “Unfortunately, it looks like that evaluation was entirely arbitrary.”

Miller informed LICH’s current inpatients that they will be “discharged as appropriate or transferred to another hospital, long-term care facility or specialty hospital with [their] consent and within [their] health insurance plan.”

In a recent round of evaluations of bids and plans submitted by nine prospective buyers with wildly different visions for the hospital, Brooklyn Health Partners—an entity formed for the sole purpose of bidding on LICH—prevailed, with The Peebles Company earning second place. In order to take over the space, BHP has to come up with $25 million by May 5.

If BHP does come up with the money, they will still have to wait for licensing before they can begin providing care. If not, then it is possible the Peebles Company will be allowed to make some moves towards takeover.

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