BILL NO A08066
SAME AS SAME AS S05906-A
SPONSOR Perry (MS)
COSPNSR Lentol, Brennan, Mosley, Camara, Millman, Colton, Robinson, Jacobs,
Cymbrowitz, Abbate, Brook-Krasny
Add Part Q S5-a, Chap 56 of 2013
Relates to SUNY Downstate Hospital.
NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A8066
SPONSOR: Perry (MS)
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend part Q of chapter 56 of the laws of
2013 amending the education law and other laws relating to funding to
SUNY Downstate Medical Center, in relation to a sustainability plan for
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To provide for the sustained operation of an independent SUNY Downstate
Medical Center, using existing assets to leverage support for the expan-
sion of community-based care.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section one establishes legislative intent.
Section two sets conditions that must be included in order for the
sustainability plan, as enacted in the State Fiscal Year 2013-14 budget,
to be implemented,
Subdivision (a) requires the establishment of ambulatory care clinics
and provides for staffing levels therein.
Subdivision (b) requires the net value of real estate at the Long Island
College Hospital be monetized to support implementation of the plan and
the solvency of SUNY Downstate Medical Center.
Subdivision (c) requires SUNY Downstate Medical to develop curriculum
for resident education at the freestanding clinics required under this
SUNY Downstate Medical Center is located in central Brooklyn and is
comprised of the University Hospital of Brooklyn; the College of Medi-
cine; the College of Health Related Professions; the College of Nursing;
the School of Graduate Studies; and School of Public Health. SUNY Down-
state employs approximately 8,000 faculty and staff and is the fourth
largest employer in Brooklyn.
SUNY Downstate plays a central role in the Brooklyn health care system
that provides critical services to the borough's 2.5 million residents.
SUNY Downstate's recent financial difficulties not only jeopardize the
health care system in Brooklyn but the SUNY system as a whole. This bill
provides leverages SUNY Downstate's existing resources to support a
facility restructuring that will position the institution to become a
leader in health care in Brooklyn.
This bill leverages SUNY Downstate's existing resources without the need
for additional State support.
STATE OF NEW YORK
2013-2014 Regular Sessions
June 17, 2013
Introduced by M. of A. PERRY, LENTOL, BRENNAN, BARRON, MOSLEY, CAMARA,
MILLMAN, COLTON, ROBINSON, JACOBS, CYMBROWITZ, MAISEL, ABBATE, ESPI-
NAL, BROOK-KRASNY -- read once and referred to the Committee on Ways
AN ACT to amend part Q of chapter 56 of the laws of 2013 amending the
education law and other laws relating to funding to SUNY Downstate
Medical Center, in relation to a sustainability plan for a hospital
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. Legislative intent. The legislature hereby finds and
2 declares that a strong academic medical center which controls its own
3 and its affiliated clinical facilities is the central organizing princi-
4 ple of urban health care in America in 2013. SUNY Downstate Medical
5 Center must fully maintain its public status and be the lead institution
6 in meeting the significant unmet health care needs in Brooklyn including
7 providing expanded primary and ambulatory care in the neighborhoods that
8 need it the most. All other states' experience, as well as the last
9 seven years of experience in Brooklyn, indicates that if SUNY Downstate
10 does not take leadership of this mission it will not get done.
11 Over the next three years, SUNY Downstate Hospital should develop up
12 to four decentralized, freestanding primary and ambulatory care satel-
13 lites. Funding for these satellites is anticipated from monetizing the
14 net asset value of real estate acquired with the Long Island College
15 Hospital while still operating Long Island College Hospital as a health
16 care facility. Two thirds of the net asset value of the Long Island
17 College Hospital real estate will be devoted to subsidy of SUNY Down-
18 state Hospital and Long Island College Hospitals' operations during a
19 three year transition and development period.
20 The implementation of this legislation will make SUNY Downstate Hospi-
21 tal sustainable and restore the state subsidy to its historic level. Its
22 implementation is an alternative to closing LICH and laying off a mini-
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.
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1 mum of 600 health care workers in Brooklyn which has one of the highest
2 unemployment rates in New York. It makes no sense to lay off health care
3 workers if they can be retrained to provide the primary care that
4 central and western Brooklyn desperately needs.
5 § 2. Part Q of chapter 56 of the laws of 2013 amending the education
6 law and other laws relating to funding to SUNY Downstate Medical Center,
7 is amended by adding a new section 5-a to read as follows:
8 § 5-a. The sustainability plan adopted pursuant to section five of
9 this act shall not be implemented until it contains the following
10 provisions. (a) SUNY Downstate Hospital will operate up to four decen-
11 tralized, freestanding primary and ambulatory care satellites in commu-
12 nity based settings. These satellites will be staffed by employees of
13 SUNY Downstate Hospital who shall maintain their current collective
14 bargaining representation, or, for satellites located in the community
15 served by Long Island College Hospital by employees of Long Island
16 College Hospital who shall maintain their current collective bargaining
17 representation. The freestanding primary and ambulatory care satellites
18 shall operate at least sixteen hours a day, provide a full range of
19 out-patient and ambulatory services as determined by community need, and
20 collectively employ at least six hundred health care professionals and
21 support staff. These freestanding primary and ambulatory care satellites
22 must be established no later than three years after the enactment of
23 this section.
24 (b) The state shall monetize the net asset value of real estate
25 acquired with the Long Island College Hospital while still operating
26 Long Island College Hospital as a health care facility. The state divi-
27 sion of budget shall develop a process that maximizes the value of the
28 assets of Long Island College Hospital and shall consider the following:
29 (i) leasing all or some of the property; (ii) a sale-leaseback of all or
30 some of the property; and (iii) establishing a real estate investment
31 trust, with the proviso that the real assets continue to be used, in any
32 of these arrangements, for the provision of inpatient and outpatient
33 health services. The assets of this process shall be used to retire the
34 liabilities of Long Island College Hospital and to provide start-up
35 funding for the freestanding primary and ambulatory care satellites
36 established pursuant to subdivision (a) of this section. SUNY Downstate
37 Hospital is authorized to apply for and receive funding from any avail-
38 able state, local, and/or federal sources to assist in establishing
39 freestanding primary and ambulatory care satellites including, but not
40 limited to, state grants available pursuant to section twenty-eight
41 hundred eighteen of the public health law and acceleration of payments
42 pursuant to section twenty-eight hundred seven-k of the public health
44 (c) SUNY Downstate College of Medicine shall develop a curriculum for
45 the education of resident physicians in out-patient and ambulatory
46 services that shall be implemented in the four freestanding primary and
47 ambulatory care satellites established pursuant to subdivision (a) of
48 this section.
49 § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.