Social experiment – close the hospital for 4 months – contiinue to pay everyone – watch if anything happens, if people die in the streets, if care is diminished, if people get sicker. We will all be surprised how resilient we, the people, are and that we can close this institution and generate real money for the community and businesses that are sorely needed to keep this DEAD economy afloat.
SUNY Downstate Medical Center facility is money loser
Long Island College Hospital faces possible closing by the state, the Daily News has learned.
State University of New York trustees have discussed shutting down money-losing LICH — and may vote soon on whether to do so, a spokesman for SUNY chairman Carl McCall told The News.
The recommendation to close the 150-year-old Cobble Hill hospital – now part of SUNY Downstate Medical Center – came straight from top Downstate management, said McCall’s spokesman David Doyle.
“The board may vote in the near future on endorsing this course of action as part of a fiscally responsible plan to ensure medical education and quality healthcare continues for the people of Brooklyn,” Doyle said.
East Flatbush-based Downstate is suffering massive money losses partly caused by its 2011 purchase of LICH, a scathing audit by state Controller Thomas DiNapoli’s office revealed last week.
McCall spoke of two other options for battling Downstate’s financial problems besides closing LICH and selling off its real estate, sources said – either using state money to bankroll a financial restructuring of SUNY Downstate, or partnering with other Brooklyn hospitals to provide some services.