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SUNY: Brooklyn Health Partners won’t get license in time to save LICH

State: LICH will likely close May 23

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The state is walking away from Long Island College Hospital on May 23 and turning off the lights now that a developer that pledged to keep the hospital open is facing mounting difficulty getting its ducks in a row, the state said.

The State University of New York expects to shutter the 156-year-old Cobble Hill institution before Brooklyn Health Partners, the winning bidder to take over the hospital, can obtain an operating certificate from the Department of Health for a temporary medical facility, according to a letter sent from university lawyers to anti-closure attorneys. Activists said that, despite a court settlement that allows the state to wash its hands of the medical facility after May 22, officials ought to pitch in to keep it open a little longer, now that a savior appears to be within reach.

“We expect SUNY and the Department of Health to do everything within their power to ensure that the community served by LICH is not left without a hospital for any period of time,” said Eliza Bates, spokeswoman for the New York State Nurses Association, which sued the state to try to stop it from closing the healthcare center.

Brooklyn Health Partners, which wants to establish a temporary, 150-bed hospital while it builds a new 300–400-bed facility and 1,000 apartments on the medical campus, asked the state to consider bringing in a temporary hospital operator while the new owner gets its paperwork in order. The university refused, saying that the settlement that ended the nearly year-long court battle over the hospital’s fate absolves it of any responsibility for what happens to the hospital after May 22.

Headed by real estate developer and former clinical laboratory supervisor Merrell Schexnydre, Brooklyn Health Partners is conducting its own search for a temporary operator and looking at ways to expedite the permitting process, according to the state letter. But the state’s prognosis about whether any of these measures will save the hospital from closure is negative.

Brooklyn Health Partners has pledge to employ Long Island College Hospital staffers at a temporary facility, but everybody currently working there is getting a pink slip soon, the state said.

Schexnydre did not respond to a request for comment.

Reach reporter Megan Riesz at mriesz@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her on Twitter @meganriesz.
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LICH-Worker from Crown Heights says:
Brooklyn Health Partners was not a good choice as a new owner of LICH. This begins to look like the begining of many problems with BHP ownership of LICH as we look into the future. In the end the community groups made a deal that killed LICH and the LICH workers. They (the LICH community groups) threw the LICH employees under the bus.
April 22, 2014, 4:33 pm
Cobble Hill says:
This is the deal everyone made with SUNY. Looks like it's done May 23rd. Brooklyn Health Partners seems like a real shady organization and if they don't get a license for the hospital maybe they pull out of the deal altogether.
April 22, 2014, 5:52 pm
LICH RN from Great Kills says:
This is no surprise at all. The LICH family knows all too well, what a bunch of scheming, conniving thieves hide behind Gov. Cuomo and SUNY. The mere fact that two real estate developers won the second and third bids waves dirt in all our faces.
April 22, 2014, 6:32 pm
RCB the EMT from Rockaway Peninsula, Queens says:
I hope you in the neighborhood of LICH don't get screwed like those of us in the neighborhood that USED to be served by the Peninsula Hospital Center in Far Rockaway.
April 22, 2014, 7:09 pm
BK from BK Heights says:
Those community groups who agreed to that deal with the devil after watching for a whole year how those snakes at SUNY operate, must really be naïve if they thought SUNY would help a winning hospital bid succeed. No doubt, there's a reason why the 2nd & 3rd place winners just happened to be the state's favored real estate developers. The community groups should have seen this coming & insisted on some safe guards. How could they make such a deal? What a shame that after such a tremendous effort the waterfront & so many other neighborhoods end up with no hospital. It's really disgraceful that the state would stonewall the whole thing over paperwork when a hospital operator is ready & willing to take over.
April 22, 2014, 8:46 pm
LICHer says:
No surprise. SUNY has been trying to destroy LICH to prop up their own facilities since the day they took it over. Starting with not sending out bills for services & then claiming the place (not their own management) is the money "loser". Cuomo should be ashamed of himself for all the antics his henchmen perpetrated on LICH for him. It's no wonder that his popularity is tanking in the polls. He needs to step up now & get that license expedited.
April 22, 2014, 8:59 pm
Nando from Bed Stuy says:
This is a total disgrace.SUNY has laughed at courts,the community groups,the LICH workers etc. How can this be allowed? CUOMO,I will definitely not vote for this.. man again if this hospital is not saved.
April 22, 2014, 9:55 pm
Surg from Elswhere says:
Well didn't need to be a psychic to know this was coming. It's all tooo convenient for the state. If they can avoid getting the deal done with a new operator, they can get more money from the guy next in line. Dollars to doughnuts DOH will try to ignore the whole thing & run out the clock but if the state had a settlement to find a new hospital operator, isn't DOH obligated to come thru with the necessary licenses or appoint the temporary operator that the law allows in the meantime? If one state entity made a settlement to do something, doesn't the other state entity involved have to cooperate to get it done? Or do we have more collusion here to make sure it doesn't get done?
April 22, 2014, 10:12 pm
Louise Pepitone from Cobble Hill says:
It was shell game from day one, just like the utterly vile-- anagram for evil-- Andrew Cuomo...

Too bad daddy bought his drunk ass out of trouble-- BIG trouble-- years ago and we've had to suffer his bitter incompetence (washed out of Washington D.C. forever, for one) ever since.

Alas, idiots elected him, and will likely do so again.

And if we thought things couldn't get worse than Pataki...
April 23, 2014, 12:20 am
Jolly brown giant from Jersey says:
From day 1 of the SUNY invasion, LICH was doomed. The incompetent management was kept along with a connection to Continuum. The workers have been toiling in a miserable environment for a year now. Pawns used by union political ambition and community real estate concerns. Let's face it, 1199 got to hang around with some major political players and walk away with cash and valuable IOU's. A majority of the community used the hospital as means to fight the over development of the area. The two big losers here are Redhook and the healthcare workers. And BILL, shame on you, at least you could have forced the creation of a public school on the property when you sold out to Andy.
April 23, 2014, 5:42 am
Curious from Want to Know says:
Why isn't Obamacare saving this hospital?

I thought Obamacare was going to take care of everyone's health needs.
April 23, 2014, 5:43 am
Reasonable Individual from Manhattan says:
I wish everyone would stop deriding the selection of the 2nd and 3rd bidder. Community activists were on the selection committee! You agreed to the deal, so live with the consequences.
April 23, 2014, 8:30 am
come on already from Brooklyn says:
This is going the way it goes.

Eliza Bates cares nothing about the community LICH serves and only about the union getting it's contribution - they are a business, no hours worked, no contributions to the union. It's just math to them.

As no one's willingly going to LICH, LICH is no longer an asset to the community. Every day LICH stays open, is a looser. If you can't server the community, then get out of the community.
April 23, 2014, 10:36 am
Shut Up from Red Hook says:
Nysna and 1199 made the deal for the workers that apwed this sham of an agreement to go through. Now LICH is officially done. Hey Eliza you now need to shut the —— up and stop blaming SUNY. Nysna agreed to end litigation for a new rfp and they got it. Poor planning.
April 23, 2014, 12:50 pm
Barbara DEN from the ridge says:
Shame on NYSNA they threw their staff under the bus. Eliza Bates was probably from occupy wall street, she was a loud no interest in this hospital union rebel rouser. NYSNA could care less about LICH, it was about giving NYSNA recognition. They are now run by the California nurses assoc, they are trying to become as annoying as 1199. The hospital is not needed, sent the poor nurses remaining at LICH into retirement.
April 23, 2014, 1:36 pm
Joe from Bay Ridge from Bay Ridge says:
The community groups were more interested in getting a piece of the purchase price for their groups in the agreement then in keeping LICH open. They threw union workers under the bus to make a few million for their community groups.
April 23, 2014, 2:08 pm
cobble hill resident from cobble hill says:
Brooklyn Health Partners is simply not qualified to take on a project of this magnitude. Those who selected them were blinded by the fact that their (BHP's) proposal included the largest hospital component, rather than who was most qualified. They've never redeveloped a hospital of similar size nor have they ever developed housing. Baffling that they were selected.
April 23, 2014, 2:21 pm
Riccky Ratty from Cobble Hills says:
The most unfortunate thing about this is that the Taco Bell inside the hospital will likely close for good. I'm not sure where there's another convenient Taco Bell for miles in any direction! We have to go into the City for Taco bell now? WTH?! Boo Hiss!
April 23, 2014, 2:31 pm
Gary from Bay Ridge says:
Cobble Hill Resident..... you hit the nail right on the head. The "committee" would have selected the 3 stooges if they were the only bidder offering to keep a full hospital. That's what happens when you bow to community pressure and allow inexperienced persons with clear interests to participate in a selection of this size and consequence.
April 23, 2014, 3:10 pm
Bob from Red Hook says:
1199 and NYSNA should have been more concerned with their own people. If LICH closing was a possibility the union officials should have looked for a better severance offer or other end of job benefits for their own people. The community groups were filled with people looking out for their own agenda. In the end we all end up shafted.
April 23, 2014, 4:33 pm
MedMD from Brooklyn says:
FYI Riccky Ratti, Taco Bell was forced to close months ago. Now it looks like LICH will follow. SUNY Downstate already is claiming LICH's illustrious history as the first medical teaching hospital in the US as its own. Disgusting
April 23, 2014, 4:45 pm
SMH from here says:
Wow. So much finger pointing & name calling against the very people who kept the hospital open for a more than a year & saved lives along the way. Instead, how about calling on the Governor to get off his ass & get the paperwork processed?
April 23, 2014, 5:16 pm
papa148 from red hook says:
SMH from here: The truth is the GOV has done nothing from the very beginning about this situation. What makes you think he'll do something now. He made it very clear he's not interested in full service hospitals. What makes you think he'll sign anything.
April 23, 2014, 6:36 pm
Bobby from Flay says:
Where is Mr. Hill?
April 23, 2014, 8:27 pm
Bobby from Flay says:
Where is Mr. Hill?
April 23, 2014, 8:27 pm
Bobby from Flay says:
Where is Mr. Hill?
April 23, 2014, 8:27 pm
Bobby from Flay says:
Where is Mr. Hill?
April 23, 2014, 8:27 pm
Bobby from Flay says:
Where is Mr. Hill?
April 23, 2014, 8:31 pm
Bobby from Flay says:
Where is Mr. Hill?
April 23, 2014, 8:31 pm
Mr Hill from Red Hook says:
Govenor is not to blame to BHP and not having a viable entity to run a hospital. BHP made a pie in the sky bid to win LICH, they won, now can not do what they said they could. It is the community groups for choosing BHP when they should have done just a little work and seen this was not a viable bid for LICH.
April 24, 2014, 10:50 am
SMH says:
Mr Hill, who said the community groups chose BHP? It seems everyone is just assuming that but the scores were not made public, so there's no way to know if they did or not. Reps for the community groups were not the only ones scoring the bids. SUNY also did & SUNY had the majority rule in awarding the winning bid. Maybe the community groups gave the highest score to one of the other bids but SUNY chose BHP, hoping they would have a harder time meeting the deadline, so SUNY could just say oh well too bad...on to #2. A possibility.
April 24, 2014, 2:02 pm
papa148 from red hook says:
SMH stop with the conspiracy theories already. The communities were given the chance to be involved in the process. The cold hard truth is that they chose wrong. Now that its not working in there favor. Everyone is crying foul. The people have to man up and accept the consequences. Everyone should learn from this. Always do your research/homework before making decisions. Especially was as important as this one.
April 24, 2014, 4:40 pm
Gary from Bay Ridge says:
You're absolutely correct papa148. Of course the community groups selected this bidder, as they were the ones bidding to keep a full service hospital! So you made the wrong choice..... live up to your mistakes and move on.
April 25, 2014, 9:18 am

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