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Hamill: Decision not to close Long Island College Hospital a victory for Brooklyn

[preamble]YEA another victory and nail in the coffin  – whos complaining? Only the unions no one else. So lets keep this hospital open so it keeps losing money and asking for state handouts – thats US paying the bills for mismanagement, union crap and stupidity. Of course the doctors  – who cant manage themselves – are all happy  – why? because they have zero business sense. Do you know how much money the community will lose by keeping this failing hospital open? Thats right no job creation, no housing, no money for the local businesses who again hire people – blah blah blah

Yet again another Policy Of Stupidity and Un-success – we simple cant stop ourselves for rewarding failure![backtopost]
Monday, April 29, 2013, 9:20 PM
A coalition of doctors and hospital workers has succeeded in pushing SUNY Downstate to abandon its foolish plan to shut the facility.

Long Island College Hospital lives.

David toppled Goliath.

And the main reason the hospital continues to heal the sick and damaged of Brooklyn — triaging the emergency room, admitting patients, performing Caesarean sections, healing sick kids, performing coronary operations — is because of a united coalition of the Concerned Physicians of LICH, the New York State Nurses Association and Local 1199 of the hospital workers union.

Call them “David.”

Together they stood up to the Goliath of SUNY Downstate.

When many in the press began writing LICH’s obituary, as SUNY salivated for the hospital’s assets and as real estate speculators drooled for the billion-dollar skyline-view property, David launched a final mismatched battle on the Brooklyn waterfront.

They threw their best shot and rallied the community.

On Friday, we needed Howard Cosell to shout, “Down goes Downstate! Down goes Downstate!”

The fight is far from over.

But let the scorecard show that when SUNY Downstate held a news conference announcing its withdrawal of the plan to close LICH, it was because David had put Goliath down for an eight-count.


“Once LICH workers united to stop SUNY from pulling the plug, it forced them to withdraw their plan to close us,” says Dr. John Romanelli, a spokesman for Concerned Physicians of LICH, who happens to be my doctor, which makes this story kind of personal.

It’s personal because my life was saved at LICH. It’s personal because my youngest kid was born there. It’s personal because countless friends have had their lives saved at LICH over the years. It’s personal because if we continue to allow conglomerates and the state to acquire, bleed and shutter vital community hospitals, they will get away with it all over the city.

You can also attribute part of LICH’s survival to SUNY Downstate’s arrogance. In Brooklyn, bullies usually defeat themselves.

Here’s how:

SUNY Downstate acquired LICH from a private hospital conglomerate called Continuum Health Partners, which was run by an old Ed Koch crony named Stanley Brezenoff, that ran up an astounding $300 million in red ink.

Two years later, SUNY Downstate was shocked, shocked, that LICH was losing $2 million a week, even though it continued to pay Continuum — which had mismanaged the $300 million debt SUNY Downstate absorbed — $2 million a month for sending out medical bills