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LICH staff calls cops as SUNY Downstate attempts to remove patients

Cash-strapped SUNY Downstate Medical Center attempted to remove patients from Long Island College Hospital (LICH) on Saturday despite a new court order forbidding their removal, according to Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and nurses at LICH.

Hospital staff called the NYPD twice over the weekend to enforce the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO).  


Last-minute court order keeps LICH open – despite state approval of SUNY closure plan

In a dramatic turn of events, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio on Friday successfully petitioned a judge for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) blocking Long Island College Hospital’s immediate closure, despite a letter from the state Department of Health approving SUNY’s Downstate’s closure plan.

De Blasio planned to personally serve LICH administrators with the TRO at 5 p.m. on Friday, supported by  State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblymember Joan Millman, Council Members Brad Lander and Stephen Levin and other elected officials.



The New York State Department of Health has approved the closing of LICH.

The hospital will be dead before the end of the month.

Staff have been told they will be terminated within the next 30 days.


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Brooklyn officials storm LICH, protest SUNY’s closure plan

Long Island College Hospital (LICH) doctors say they've been told by SUNY Downstate administrators to transfer all their patients out by Friday so that LICH could be shut down by Sunday.

Dr. Alice Garner, head of the neonatal unit at LICH, said “I received verbal orders that we are to transfer all patients by tomorrow so they can shut us down by Sunday. We did not receive one written word to substantiate this. We were told the surgical areas and the G.I. suite will be closed tomorrow in direct violation of the restraining order, putting the community at risk.”



Doctors at Long Island College Hospital were ordered by representatives of the State University of New York to discharge their patients by tomorrow and were told that the hospital will officially close on Sunday.

Several elected officials attempted to meet with hospital officials this afternoon but were ordered to leave.

UPDATE: Full story here.



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