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The University Hospital of Brooklyn, Now Open in Cobble Hill

LICH and SUNY Downstate are officially merged.

After nearly three years and , has officially been saved and will continue to serve Brooklyn and beyond.

On Tuesday morning in front of a packed room of doctors and nurses, the deal to merge LICH with SUNY Downstate Medical Center was finalized and celebrated by elected officials and community members who have fought tirelessly to keep the hospital's doors open. 

"There are few times when there really is such a thing as a win-win," said SUNY Downstate President John LaRosa, M.D. "This is a win-win."

The University Hospital of Brooklyn at Long Island College Hospital officially changed hands at midnight on Saturday night, and is fully functioning, with new signage and new management.

Maria Pagano, President of the Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association said the merger was great news for the community.

"It's so important that we have a world class healthcare center here," she said. "We have to raise the bar, our population is booming."

The persistence of the community and the dedication of local elected officials is what ensured the merger's success, said LaRosa.

"The people who represent you in this area really represent you," he said, adding that without the help of U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez, Councilmembers Brad Lander and Steve Levin and Assemblywoman Joan Millman, the grants needed to ensure the merger might not have come through.

"All these folks took a late Friday evening meeting and demonstrated how important this is," he said. "That's affective leadership."

Millman said the people, especially longtime Cobble Hill resident and activist, the late Murray Adams, had just as much to do with it.

"I've never seen the community come together in such a way," she said.

The new CEO of the University Hospital of Brooklyn at Long Island College Hospital is Debra Carey.

What exactly will change in regards to programs offered remains to be seen, but LICH CEO Dominick Stanzione says the merger is nothing but good for the community.

"All our services will remain," he said. "With all the [hospital] closings going on in New York this is really a happy ending."

"We're taking our institution to the next level," he added.

Anthony May 31, 2011 at 06:42 PM
It will still be LICH just like Carroll Gardens is still South Brooklyn to many folks.
philip hagenberg June 01, 2011 at 09:51 PM
Now if only the new CEO does right by those doctors, nurses, etc, that stood by LICH through all the rough years and doesn't replace with new staff, that would be justice they all well deserve. Otherwise it's CHP all over again....only this time from fellow Brooklynites. Come on Ms. Carey (new CEO)....show us that great leaders do by example, not by saying one thing and doing another.
Lillian June 03, 2011 at 07:03 PM
Does anyone know if the "nursing school" is in danger of closing? Will Suny continue the program. I heard they have not accepted students for the Fall as of yet!
don snell June 04, 2011 at 12:40 AM
the school is closing, they are just getting the senior class out in the new year
Lillian June 04, 2011 at 05:28 AM
Please let me know if this is a fact or a rumor since the school has not released this information to the students as of yet! Students were told summer classes would be available and have not heard about them as of yet either. Any info would be greatly appreciated, thank you!
philip hagenberg June 04, 2011 at 09:22 PM
Don Snell? Weren't you once the CEO at LICH, brought in from Philly?
Lillian June 04, 2011 at 09:35 PM
I just am trying to find out If he knows the facts. Current students are nervous about their future and applicants are being being pulled along with out information
Lillian June 08, 2011 at 02:39 PM
I wanted to thank Don Snell for his response on the closing on LICHSON -- appears he was correct (my daughter is part of the senior class -- hoping for the best! Again, thank you.
Danielle June 08, 2011 at 11:16 PM
I have heard negative stories about the medical care in this place, as well as, the rude interpersonal skills of some of the staff (which is why when I had a medical emergency, I took a cab to NYU). I hope the care and customer service improves with the merger. Good luck!

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