Remember Coney Island Hospital has been closed since Sandy – and nothing has happened!
I will guarantee nothing will happen if we close LICH – as the article says the ONLY people happy with it staying open are the unions – have we not wasted enough money on Unions? They are the single most destructive, corrosive entity that is truly destroying our health systems with hospitals. They waste money – our money.
So I challenge all the pundits and naysayers and screamers of doom – close the hospital for 90 days or 120 days – continue to pay everyone for that time – and watch. Nothing will happen the sun will rise and the sun will set.
Yet not one person has the testicles to do what is needed to fix it – get rid of the waste, get rid of the unions, get rid of the inertia, get rid of the “its always been done that way” mentality. Its time for a change!
So again – close the hospital for 90 days and watch – you will hear the “sound of silence” and the world will not end. Its simple, cost effective and not one person can state for a fact that it will not work. Care will not decline and the population will not be in peril. – Who has the balls to do what is right?[backtopost]
Long Island College Hospital faces threat of closing, SUNY official Carl McCall warns
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.
A plan to close Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn is being withdrawn, state officials said on Friday, in a startling victory for doctors, unions and community members who said the closing of the hospital would compromise health care for residents in the area.
“I think what is going to be happening is that the state is going to be working on a sustainability plan, and that involves a national search for an operator,” said Jill Furillo, executive director of the New York State Nurses Association.