As LICH Hangs in Limbo, ER Alternative Sets Sights on Cobble Hill

PM Pediatrics has announced it will open on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn this summer.

While SUNY Downstate's decision whether to keep Long Island College Hospital open remains uncertain, many supporters have posited that the neighborhood and its contiguous areas demand nearby emergency room resources.

As if on cue, a third party has announced it aims to bring those very services to Cobble Hill by Summer 2013.

PM Pediatrics, a provider of after-hours urgent care for patients ages "newborn through college," released an announcement on Wednesday that it will launch its seventh facility at 240 Atlantic Avenue once warm weather arrives.

"We look forward to opening our doors to the families in and around Downtown Brooklyn, one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in New York," said Dr. Jeffrey Schor, founder of PM Pediatrics and a former Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at New York Hospital Queens, in the release. 

"We believe children and young adults everywhere deserve specialized urgent care when they need it, without having to wait long for it."

According to the company's website, every PM Pediatrics office has on-site digital x-ray technology, a comprehensive laboratory which is capable of performing rapid blood, urine and chemistry workups as well as access to specialists such as plastic surgeons or orthopedists. Exisiting PM facilities located in Long Island, Westchester, Queens, and New Jersey keep hours roughly from 5 p.m. to midnight. The chain was listed in Inc. magazine's “Inc. 500|5000” list of the nation's fastest-growing private companies for 2011 and 2012. 

Schor has previously stated that PM Pediatrics do not aim to compete with primary care doctors, telling Bayside-Douglaston Patch a year ago, “We’re not out there to take their patients away. We want to be there for patients so they don’t have to go to the emergency department.”

PM Pediatrics did not offer any comment on the situation at LICH as of press time, but it may end up benefitting should the Cobble Hill hospital be forced to shut its ER altogether.

The New York State Comptroller released an audit earlier this month estimating that the sale of LICH's property, building and equipment could net $200 to $500 million. Since then, SUNY Downstate has been seriously considering cutting the institution from its network, which currently is experiencing losses of roughly $3 million a week.

Meanwhile, rumors swirl that Governor Andrew Cuomo is planning to close the hospital via executive orders, causing community members to send out last-ditch impassioned pleas for support online and elsewhere.

"Call Cuomo: 518 474 8390, call between 9 A.M. and 5 P.M. Email: gov.cuomo@chamber.state.ny.us The message is: Keep LICH open. Work with the community to develop the right plan to turn it around," read one such e-mail on Wednesday evening.

Stay with Patch for updates.

NA February 06, 2013 at 02:10 AM
Its a no brainer!..we don't need to hire experts for millions to tell us that if we are losing money cut,cut and "closed".any dummy can tell you that. The economy took a hit so did most industries.Health care is not excempt but folks still need care.It's a no brainer!..we need our hospitals. Mismanagement,theft and fraud ??? Its a no brainer! It's also true that a medical school does'nt need to own a hospital but hospitals still needs to exists for students to get trained.We need a govonor that can bring our healthcare and other industies in NY back to stable financial state.Invest in our hospitals.Remember our AUTO INDUSTRY..its a no brainer!
Susan B. Shanahan February 06, 2013 at 03:16 PM
I am an RN at LICH, on a medical/surgical floor of 42 beds. I've just gotten home from the night shift where 35 of 42 beds are full with 7 scheduled surgeries this a.m. The misinformation and vague generalities regarding LICH being 1/2 full or underutilized are FALSE!!! There is both an aging population in the cobble hill area we serve, as well as a growing population of families moving from Manhattan to Brooklyn. Where will they go in an emergency? If a stroke or heart attack strikes your Mother or Grandfather. or even YOU...every minute counts! A 20 minute ambulance ride to the next closest ER will be too little too late! SUNY Downstate is using LICH as their scapegoat. They did NOTHING in the eyes of employees to bring in new business. No marketing, no attempts to attract the brownstone brooklyn residents; they slapped some paint on the walls & put up some signage. Employees now suggest that these 2 new signs were LICH's tombstones. BTW not all of Brooklyn is brownstones!!! Some of us live in houses, apartment buildings, & the projects...and we need local, quality, healthcare.
Susan B. Shanahan February 06, 2013 at 03:16 PM
PLEASE JOIN US at The Community Hearing on THURSDAY!!! WE NEED a LARGE TURNOUT to show the board we mean business! Thursday's meeting, which will take place inside the auditorium at The College of Optometry at 33 West 42nd Street, NY, NY will provide one of a handful of last-ditch opportunities for residents, employees and local politicians to plead their case before the SUNY DOWNSTATE board members. The hearing will be held on the 18th floor from 3:00-5:30 pm. Please join us in our quest to save quality healthcare access in Brookyln. SAVE LICH SAVE LICH SAVE LICH
Susan B. Shanahan February 06, 2013 at 03:18 PM
BUSES leave from LICH to Community Hearing at 2pm. We need your support!
eve February 12, 2013 at 04:40 AM
Am going to the town hall meeting on Kane St at 7pm on February 14 to hear more about how we can stop this ill-conceived plan to close our hospital


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