Deal could save Long Island College Hospital from closure

Long Island College Hospital provides emergency services for all of Cobble Hill and Brooklyn Heights. (via Googlemaps)
Long Island College Hospital provides emergency services for all of Cobble Hill and Brooklyn Heights. (via Googlemaps)

A deal could be in the works to save parts of Long Island College Hospital from shutting down, the Daily News reports.

State officials are negotiating a deal with unions and doctors that would make a complete closure of the hospital “less likely,” a source told the News.

If an agreement is reached, SUNY Downstate Medical Center would withdraw its plans to close the hospital with the Department of Health. Officials would then work on a financial restructuring plan that includes the fate of Long Island College Hospital. Downstate is required to consider the input of labor unions and community representatives in creating the plan.

The unions and doctors would then drop the lawsuit against SUNY that has halted the closure plans.

The SUNY trustees first voted to close the hospital in February because of financial troubles. Opponents of the plan say the closure would be devastating for local residents who need emergency care.



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