New joint proposal to purchase Long Island College Hospital
by Andrew Shilling
Jun 04, 2014 | 583 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SUNY Downstate has repeatedly denied bids to take over Brooklyn’s Long Island College Hospital (LICH), the Peebles Corporation being the most recent to be turned down, but the latest reports suggest that a deal may on its way.

Following a tumultuous bidding war that began early last year when SUNY decided to sell the hospital after claims it had become a financial burden, it has now chosen a group proposal from Fortis Property Group, NYU Langone Medical Center and Lutheran Family Health Centers to take over the Cobble Hill property.

In response to the plan, which includes an ambulance-accepting emergency room, Assemblyman Joseph Lentol said he is pleased to see that SUNY has found a buyer and urges a swift deal.

“NYU and Lutheran working together, there is no better answer to the closing of LICH,” Lentol said. “Their proposed package of services will serve as a model for the transformative and creative health care solutions Brooklyn needs to move forward into the 21st century.”

Lentol said he has long been a supporter for the partnership in a statement following the report, adding that he is confident the community would stand behind the plan.

“It is now time to put the controversy behind us, close the transaction swiftly, and move forward to implement the plan without further delay so that the residents of Cobble Hill and its surrounding neighborhoods get the superior health care they deserve,” Lentol said.

Phil Walzak, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s press secretary, responded to the recent news in a statement, adding that the mayor would continue to look into the bidding process in search of the best possible solution for the community.

“A year ago, LICH was about to close entirely,” said Walzak. “As a result of the hard work of advocates and the community, LICH's key health care services have been maintained.”

Walzak added that, “Mayor de Blasio continues to work with SUNY, the bidders and the community to maximize health care at this site and preserve continuity of care for the Brooklynites served by LICH.”

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