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Video: Nurses, Electeds Rally in Brooklyn, Chanting 'Save LICH!'

A group of employees, local politicians, and other members of the community gathered across the street from the Cobble Hill hospital this morning in solidarity.


A group of 200 protesters gathered outside a struggling Brooklyn hospital Friday morning, calling upon boardmembers to save the medical center from closure.

"Save LICH! Save LICH!" chanted members of the New York State Nurses Association, doctors, caregivers and local politicians, at a rally to protest the proposed closure of Long Island College Hospital in Cobble Hill.

As ambulances from the medical center passed by, the crowd would frequently erupt in cheers in response to honks, peace signs and other shows of support.

Meanwhile, Sen. Daniel Squadron, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, Councilman Steve Levin and others held a press conference at the back for local media.

"Closing down any campus is completely unacceptable, we urge SUNY to develop a stabilization plan that [preserves Downstate and its affiliates] and provides a long-term solution for Brooklyn’s neighborhoods and the entire state,” stated Senator Squadron. A petition to keep the hospital open can be signed here.

George Gresham, President of 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, added to those sentiments, saying "We must protect the vital healthcare services that Long Island College Hospital provides to Brooklyn residents," he said. "LICH is a safety net hospital that serves seniors, working families and vulnerable patient populations. All other options should be thoroughly explored and exhausted before even considering the possibility of closure, especially since the Medicaid Redesign Team recommended that LICH stay open."

Sonia Taylor, a Registered Nurse, also commented on behalf of hospital employees.

"I’ve been working for LICH for 28 years caring for patients in this community and across Brooklyn,” she said. "Our hospital is in critical condition and our patients need us now more than ever. I’m fighting to save LICH for my patients.” 

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Beverly DiCovello January 26, 2013 at 09:11 PM
We need Suny-LICH- hospital-Its necessary to have this remain open- Its location- for whole community of Red Hook, Cobble Hill n Brooklyn Heights as well as Downtown -Flatbush area. Its the closest- Downtown Brooklyn has advanced with businesses and Barclay Arena,etc Suny-LICH has advanced with their medical technology, with their staff of great medical doctors who have served our community over three generations plus the new families that are moving in. I needed to get to this hospital- last year twice- It is the nearest to all my doctors. Many of our doctors and surgeons have served on the spot- emergencies for walkins- that have come from other areas as tourists, workers, employees of the downtown area have come to this hospital in matters of crisis. This is as close to home as home is- Families that have moved away-still they come to this hospital- for their doctors. Confidence and dedication. DONT CLOSE OUR doors to Suny-LICH.
Eric deshields January 28, 2013 at 01:43 AM
Stay open please god
Eric Vargas January 28, 2013 at 03:15 AM
Please save LICH . LICH must be saved .
Judy Susskind February 05, 2013 at 04:13 PM
It is imperative that LICH be saved. Everyone should e-mail/snail mail their local, state representatives to act immediately. We need to impress upon Mayor Bloomberg that human lives are infinitely more important than money. Judy Susskind
Fernando Martinez March 02, 2013 at 01:27 AM
We must fight to keep Lich OPEN!!!.LICH WILL NOT CLOSE!!.THERE HAVE BEEN LIES SAID ABOUT LICH.THE PEOPLE WHO WORK THERE CARE ABOUT THERE PATIENTS.THE NURSES ARE GREAT THEY WORK HARD.THE WORKERS ARE GREAT PEOPLE. LICH WILL NOT DIE!!.THIS FIGHT HAS JUST BEGUN. GOD BLESS LICH!!!

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