LICH Saved (For Now)
November 18, 2008
Brooklyn, NY – On Monday, the State Department of Health announced that it rejected Continuum Health Partners’ proposed plan to close the obstetrics, neonatal and pediatrics services at Long Island College Hospital as a cost-saving measure. In addition, the Department of Health denied Continuum’s request to close its school-based health clinics and pledged to work with Continuum to find a suitable sponsor to operate the clinics. “I am very proud that the Department of Health recognized that closing unprofitable departments and services with no regard to the needs of the community is unacceptable,” said Assemblywoman Millman. She continued, “I especially want to thank Governor David Paterson’s leadership in bringing up to this point. However this is just the first step in saving LICH.” The State Department of Health has immediately pledged a $3 million loan from the health care restructuring pool as an initial measure to restore LICH to full financial health. “We have a long way to go but the community, elected officials, and the doctors and staff at LICH remain committed to ensuring that LICH is serving Brooklyn for another 150 years,” said Millman.