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In-patient admissions to end July 22, ER and support services will close July 29

The Brooklyn Paper

The State Department of Health today approved key parts of the plan to close Long Island College Hospital, marking the beginning of the end of a long battle by the state to shutter the institution for good.

Administrators told staff that they would be fired in about thirty days, according to an e-mail sent out this morning from a hospital administrator, which was obtained by the Brooklyn Paper.

Here is the letter from state authorities approving the staged closure of Long Island College Hospital:

John Williams, M.D.

President, SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Dear Dr. Williams:

In accordance with 10 NYCRR 401.3 (g), SUNY Downstate Medical Center (SUNY Downstate), submitted the closure plan for the Long Island College Hospital (LICH) on July 17, 2013. The New York State Department of Health (Department) has reviewed the closure plan, and approves the following actions:

• As expressly set forth in Section A (“Acute Care Inpatient Services”), on Page 7 of SUNY Downstate’s Closure Plan for LICH, LICH will “cease admitting patients from its Emergency Department (ED) at noon on July 22, 2013.” It is understood that LICH will continue to operate its ED with all supportive ancillary services, including laboratory, radiology, social work and pharmacy, until July 29, 2013.

• As expressly set forth in Section A (“Acute Care Inpatient Services”), on Page 7 of SUNY Downstate’s Closure Plan for LICH, LICH will transfer or discharge all remaining inpatients “on or before July 28th, 2013.” All patients will be discharged in accordance with applicable Federal and State requirements for discharge planning.

• As expressly set forth in Section C (“Surgical Services”), on Page 7 of SUNY Downstate’s Closure Plan for LICH, LICH will cancel its elective surgery schedule, “effective July 22, 2013”. All patients and their physicians will be notified of the cancellations so that procedures can be re-scheduled at other facilities.

SUNY Downstate may begin to take steps to implement the above approved actions. We will continue to work with you on the approval and implementation of the remainder of the closure plan. Should you have questions or require assistance, please contact Robert Welch, Deputy Director of the Division of Hospitals and Diagnostic and Treatment Centers at 518-402-1004.


Ruth Leslie


Division of Hospitals and Diagnostic and Treatment Centers

Reach reporter Jaime Lutz at or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow her on Twitter @jaime_lutz.

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Jim from Cobble Hill says:
I guess all the bribes have gone through...
July 19, 2013, 5:06 pm
Steve from Marine Park says:
SUNY Downstate seems to be above the law. They have made a mockery of the State Supreme Court.
Hopefully, the new TRO will have some effect. Not that I count on that, since they are already moving out equipment. The DOH never took a good look at the impact this will have and has already caused throughout Brooklyn.
July 19, 2013, 6:56 pm
jay from nyc says:
as usual Brooklyn paper is behind, the order was stopped this afternoon by a judge.
July 19, 2013, 7:25 pm
Jaime Lutz from Brooklyn Paper says:
Keep up, Jay from NYC:
July 19, 2013, 8:11 pm
Josefina Novarro from Cobble Hill says:
Is tru the ambulances diversion from LICH stop today 4 weeks without pt they almost managed to empty LICH Thanks to Candidate for Governor Bill De Blasio Our vote will yours for Governor you really step up.Nydia Velazquez flew from Washington to always give us her support and really scolded CUOMO shame in Cuomo.
July 19, 2013, 9:23 pm
Sam Chan from Chinese says:
This is stoopid!
July 20, 2013, 6:10 am
sid from Boerum Hill says:
There is something very weird about getting approval on July 19th on a letter submitted on July 17th. Normally DOH wouldn't even acknowledge such a letter for weeks. I guess the governor told them to close it.
July 20, 2013, 10:17 am
Jay from NYC says:
jamie lutz really? read this, Rookie.. You will notice that it says a court order issued on Friday has halted the shut down until a hearing on July 25. Even teh lowly New York Daily News figured this one out. Nice touch though, quoting yourself as a source. NOT.
July 20, 2013, 9 pm
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
If there's not gonna be anything on Saturday, please please please spare us from Sunday.
July 20, 2013, 10:32 pm
Bob Scott from Brooklyn says:
Why is it hard for everyone to understand basic political reality: Gov Cuomo controls SUNY; Gov Cuomo directs the DOH; Gov Cuomo has strong influence (at the least) over the Court of Appeals. It's not as though SUNY, DOH and the Court of Appeals are operating a true independent, objective agents here. This story, from beginning to end, was about Cuomo's decision to kill LICH and sell its real estate; nothing else is consequential.
July 20, 2013, 10:43 pm
T-Bone from DoBro says:
I second Jim. Nobody wants to hear about Carmine stuffing his fat face so much that he breaks an axle on the access-a-ride.

Well, I'm sure it entertains Jerome.
July 20, 2013, 10:56 pm
Jay from NYC says:
ok bob scott I'll bite. Its been pretty well documented that Cuomo gets a HUGE amount of his funding from a real estate interest, and if what you are saying is true, then perhaps that very same interest stands to gain from all of this. Only problem is, where is your proof? Where is your evidence? Or are you just taking up where Jamie Lutz left off?
July 21, 2013, 12:12 am
sandy from gerritsen says:
Gov Cuomo is running around the state tooting his horn about improving transparency in government & patting himself on the back for his public trust act while HE has been working behind the scenes to grab LICH real estate for his contributors. It's disgusting. He's a hypocrite and a bully. But the worst part about all this is that there are buyers waiting that would keep a hospital but SUNY is shutting it down without even talking to them. Instead of closing all at once & saying to hell with the communities of Brooklyn, there could be a transfer the same way there was when SUNY got LICH without skipping a beat in services or affecting the community health. But no. I think there is no intention to negotiate with any other potential operators. I think the buyer has already been picked & a deal already worked & sneak liar Cuomo knows exactly which real estate developer he is selling it to. No Hospitals -- No Votes.
July 21, 2013, 1:31 pm
Ethan Pettit from Park Slope says:
It looks like SUNY just wants the money. Look, is this LICH closure really going to wash out as a reduction in hospital services to Brooklyn? Methodist is expanding, Brooklyn Hospital is picking up more land. My bet is the need will be filled. They're not going to shortchange the fastest-gentrifying city in America on hospitals. Well, they might, but somehow I doubt it. They're just not going to give hospitals prime downtown property.
July 21, 2013, 4:10 pm
...the restless from Cobble Hill says:
Good bye LICH and good riddens. It's heavenly without the hospital open - feels much more like a neighborhood again. Cobble Hill Nursing home should be next on the chopping block.

Anyone who wants LICH back can put them in their neighborhood - let's see who will takes them if it means in their backyards. Cobble Hill had them for decades, now it's some other neighborhoods turn.

Let Sid from Thor Equities take it in Red Hook on that land he can't figure out what to do with. They have a growing population down there, let them have it for the next few decades.

Rest in peace.
July 22, 2013, 12:20 am
Merlyn Comas says:
Doesn't anyone know what is really happening !!!
What about all the doctors, don't they have a say
About the patients health. Mr Cuomo, why don't you come out and do something about this hospital, I haven't seen you there say anything, do you care, do you really care about this part of Brooklyn.
July 22, 2013, 9:49 am

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