Nurses Descend Upon Albany, Protesting LICH Closure

Activists appeal to keep community hospital open in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.

Members of the New York State Nurses Association descended upon Albany over the weekend to protest the closure of community hospitals, among them: LICH in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. 

The rally was coordinated in reaction to the vote by SUNY Downstate Medical Center earlier this month to close financially-strained Long Island College Hospital, in favor of selling the property for real estate development. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has also recently proposed opening a "for profit" experimental hospital in Brooklyn, which the nurses also oppose.

"The Department of Health wants to close hospitals in Brooklyn and open a dangerous for-profit experiment," said Dan Lutz, a spokesman for the nurses, told the Albany Times-Union. "Brooklyn shouldn't be the place where you experiment."

Hundreds of protesters, "wearing red and chanting slogans like 'keep our hospitals open' and 'walk a shift in our shoes' argued that closing such community hospitals and allowing the so-called for-profit hospitals into the state would deprive economically disadvantaged and minority residents of necessary health care," wrote the paper.

The nurses chose this weekend to gather upon Albany as it coincided with the caucus and the advent of budget season.

To appeal to the DOH to keep LICH open, click here.

Louise February 19, 2013 at 03:21 PM
We need the hospital NOT more Condo..not more bars..no more cafes just keep the Hospital open. The new locals go to the City for their doctors? Let them..Why must we sacrifice the well being of seniors and children. I'm sure if they dig deep enough they will find away. It is sad what they want to do. Having a heart attack, you may not make it to another hospital....Shame...shame...shame...
emily berleth February 19, 2013 at 03:37 PM
This is the only hospital for a huge section of Brooklyn, from Red Hook to Dumbo to Downtown. And with all the new high-rises, the Barclay center, and the traffic congestion, it is the hospital most of us can get to fastest. One wonders where all the money went, the Othmer bequest, the money from the property sales. We don't need another condo. The neighborhood is now more crowded with people and with fewer services--hospitals, schools, firehouses. Emily Brooklyn
Louise February 19, 2013 at 04:03 PM
We really do need the hospital..we have a heart attack where do we go? The nearest Café? The new bar on the corner? The over priced restaurant where we can't even pronounce the food on the menu or it isn't in English? We are taken to LICH!!!! We will be pronounced dead by the next light or in traffic going way cross town...Are they so heartless? Greed is what it is! Maybe we need the Pope to come and bless the hospital. Oh wait a minute pretty soon the Pope will be gone too...What a shame...
julie February 21, 2013 at 09:49 AM
all of these comments here are exactly what the department of health commissioner & Gov Cuomo need to hear. Its just a voicemail call or an email that can make the difference. You know SUNY is up there whispering in their ears everyday. You all need to make these comments heard too. email is at www.save.LICH.org. D.O.H. voicemail is (518) 474-2011. Gov Andy is (518) 474-8390. PS The Supreme Court granted a temporary restraining order today to LICH's doctors, nurses, and employees who went to court to stop the closure plan. So now all have time to make those calls & send those emails! Come on. we bought LICH some time but we do need some help. :)
mary smith February 22, 2013 at 03:10 PM
There are so many of you supporters out there. We hear you loud and clear. The doctors, nurses and staff are working together. This weeks events have put a hold on the process. David Hamill's story Daily News is a stunning report on what changes could happen if we don't come together and tell the Department of Health Commissioner and Governor Cuomo "leave our hospital alone". LICH is open for Care. Come on everybody we need your help, thank you.


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