Precarious LICH deal marks ‘transcendant’ day: de Blasio

New details about the settlement between SUNY Downstate Medical Center and  Long Island College Hospital reveal that the “win-win agreement” is only a partial victory by elected officials who have struggled to keep the troubled Cobble Hill hospital afloat.

Under the new agreement, some health-care services will definitely remain available at LICH, but there is no guarantee it will remain a full-service hospital.

Community groups have agreed to drop pending lawsuits against SUNY and help select a winning bidder in an expedited, three-week bidding process that will put bidders proposing a full hospital at the top of the list — but allows for another winner if no such bids surface.

In the two previous rounds of bidding, most potential buyers have proposed some combination of health-care and housing. None have put forth a vision that includes a full-service hospital.

Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Mayor Bill de Blasio made vague reference to potential pitfalls with the deal but said it marked a “transcendent moment for health care in New York City.”

“We understand – all New Yorkers understand – that healthcare is changing,” he said. “It’s changing because of new federal laws, it’s changing because of new economic realities, it’s changing because of demographic change. We get it. And we’re willing to embrace change. But only if it’s on terms that leave no New Yorker behind.”

Asked if a partial-service hospital would a dealbreaker, de Blasio replied,” It would not be responsible to prejudge the outcome.”

Follow Emily Johnson on Twitter @emilyjreports



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Woman dies when run over by bus at…

A woman at the Burning Man arts and culture festival in the Nevada desert died on Thursday when she was run over by a bus carrying participants.

National

Texas parents sue day care center for duct…

By Marice RichterDALLAS (Reuters) - A Texas couple has filed a lawsuit against the owners of a Fort Worth-area day care center seeking $1 million…

National

Santa Fe city council votes to decriminalize marijuana

By Joseph KolbALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - Santa Fe on Wednesday became the latest U.S. city to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, with lawmakers in the…

International

Egypt queries Mursi over documents "leaked" to Al…

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt is investigating jailed ex-president Mohamed Mursi in connection with documents that judicial investigators say were leaked to the Qatar-based Al Jazeera…

Going Out

'Friends' coffeehouse Central Perk coming to NYC —…

"Friends" is coming back for a one-off special: "The One with the Free Coffee." Warner Bros. is bringing a pop-up replica of Central Perk, the…

Movies

Interview: 'As Above, So Below' directors: 5 ways…

The fraternal directors of the found footage horror "As Above, So Below" dish on the best ways to frighten the bejesus out of audiences.

Movies

Criterion's new Jacques Demy box mixes the light…

Jacques Demy, the most effervescent of French New Wave filmmakers, gets a Criterion box all to himself, with classics like "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg."

Entertainment

Comedian Joan Rivers, 81, rushed to New York…

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Acerbic comedian and fashion critic Joan Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York on Thursday after she reportedly…

NFL

3 things we learned in the Giants preseason…

The final score didn’t matter — a 16-13 win by the Giants — but it would’ve been nice to finally see Big Blue’s new-look offense get on track.

NFL

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots, 49ers start…

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots start at top

U.S. Soccer

5 facts about new England captain Wayne Rooney

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was named as the new England captain by coach Roy Hodgson on Thursday.

NFL

Jets vs. Eagles: 3 things to watch

A win on Thursday night at the Eagles would give the Jets a 3-1 record and just their second winning preseason under head coach Rex Ryan.

Style

Trend: White hot on the 2014 Emmy's red…

White was one of the big trends on the Emmy's red carpet.

Food

Recipe: Samuel Adams beer-marinated grilled shrimp

Summer calls for two things: a cold beer and light food. Sam Adams' Latitude 48 IPA fairly bursts with citrus notes, making it an ideal marinade…

Wellbeing

4 healthy ingredient swaps to make your meals…

When it comes to eating well, everyone knows they could be doing better. But cooking in an apartment on a busy schedule is a recipe…

Wellbeing

Heart trumps brain when it comes to movies…

When you need a good cry, do you reach for the movie that’s “based on a true story”? Science says you’re giving your brain far…