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Long Island College Hospital Won’t Take SUNY-Downstate’s Beds

Despite recommendation from state panel, SUNY-Downstate president says LICH will remain a teaching space.

Almost two months after a panel appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo told Brooklyn hospitals facing bankruptcy , few have, according to WNYC.

One recommendation, the report says, was to move all of SUNY-Downstate’s inpatient service from its historic East Flatbush campus to its newly acquired facility at Long Island College Hospital in Cobble Hill.

But critics, like Rowena Blackman-Stroud, a union representative from Downstate, told WNYC that it “isn’t logical at all” to conduct educational programs when you have to travel to LICH for impatient services. 

SUNY-Downstate President Dr. John LaRosa, who plans to ignore the recommendations agreed, saying that they acquired LICH specifically for teaching space, according to the report.

In November, it was also suggested that Brooklyn Hospital Center, who recently rose from bankruptcy, merge with Interfaith Medical Center and Wyckoff Heights Hospital. Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, in Crown Heights, is currently negotiating a take-over of Brookdale University Hospital, in Brownsville, according to the report.

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