Letter from Methodist: You got it all wrong

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To the editor,

An earlier version of your recent article, “Metho-dissed! Community board members vote no on Methodist expansion plan” (Nov. 22, 2013), quoted “Methodist reps” as saying that they would “probably sidestep the local panel.” This inaccurate characterization of our plans was later updated with an equally inaccurate statement (also later updated), “Methodist reps said that they do not have time to continue tinkering with the design.” The inaccuracy of this statement is evidenced by your very next paragraph, in which you quote me as saying that we “have made changes, and are willing to continue making changes.”

Furthermore, your reporter apparently failed to recognize that the committee asked that the proposal be withdrawn not, necessarily, so the plans could be altered, but specifically because they claimed they did not have sufficient information to justify the approval of the variances we are seeking from the City’s Board of Standards and Appeals.

Although we are happy to provide additional specific information requested by the committee, we decided not to withdraw the plan, which would add months to the approval process. In making this decision, we considered our numerous efforts to engage the Park Slope community in general, and the Landmarks/Land Use Committee in particular, by providing information, receiving input and responding to suggestions, over nearly a six-month period.

During those months, we held small and large invitational and public meetings (one co-sponsored and one sponsored by the Landmarks and Land Use Committee). We received dozens of e-mail messages and snail mail letters with community comments, concerns, and questions, each of which was answered and considered in making a total of 20 changes to the plans. When our application to the BSA was filed on Oct. 16, it was made available on our website and hard copies were sent to the community board for review by the committee members. Additional meetings were then held with representatives from the Park Slope Civic Council and Community Board 6 to discuss design and zoning issues.

As should be clear from the above information, New York Methodist certainly had no intention to “bypass the panel,” and can, in fact, continue to make changes in the design. Dealing with the consequences of your inaccurate quote has been distressing and your reporter and editor need to understand that accuracy is important.

Lyn S. Hill

The author is Vice President for Communication and External Affairs for New York Methodist Hospital.

Updated 10:16 pm, July 9, 2018
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your bad self from bklyn says:
You go Lyn! That 'meth' gal a real OG
Nov. 27, 2013, 8:30 am
Scott from Park Slope says:
Methodist ought to devote its resources to improving the quality of its care first. Apply more attention to its med techs so labs can come back faster than 3 days. Attract doctors who have medical degrees from institutions more prestigious than the fly-by-night places in the Caribbean. Train all staff to treat patients with intelligence and respect. In the middle of Park Slope, a neighborhood bursting with PhDs, Master's, and all kinds of highly educated, highly trained, highly intelligent people, Methodist treats everyone as though they're indigent homeless who failed the second grade. In short, they're completely mis-matched with their surroundings. So fix that first, then come back in 10 years and see how people in Park Slope feel about it ripping down several blocks worth of brownstones; maybe then we'll be proud it's our local hospital and want to see it grow.
Nov. 27, 2013, 9:38 am
Jay from Nyc says:
Well said Scott.
Nov. 27, 2013, 3:48 pm
bee from park slope says:
Scott, you are correct. in my opinion and experience Methodist is a third rate institution staffed by third world standard doctors. They speak at each meeting that they are an IVY league
affiliated hospital, but I doubt that you will see any
residents or staff educated at Cornell there.

When I was at the last meeting at John Jay, they trotted out some of their staff to comment about the need for this expansion and the person sitting next to me, mumbled to the group around her 'where did they find three doctors that speak English as a first language?" to great agreement.

Methodist does not serve the Park Slope community in any meaningful way. When asked, Ms Hill has declined to give the percentage of patients or employees that actually live in Park Slope.
Dec. 3, 2013, 11:14 am

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