Since the summer, the fight over Cobble Hill's Long Island College Hospital has dragged on and on and on, with its parent company, SUNY Downstate, saying the hospital is losing millions and must close its doors. On the other side is the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) and Public Advocate/in all likelihood your next mayor, Bill de Blasio, who like to point out that people need hospitals. Sick people mostly, or the ones who might get sick. It's kind of a specialized group.
Photo by Wlliam Alatriste; Image via Public Advocate's office De Blasio speaks at an October 28 rally outside LICH.
In July, de Blasio won a restraining order to keep the hospital open, and in August, a judge ruled that SUNY had to restore services to LICH . By September, ambulances, which SUNY had barred from LICH since June, were once again delivering patients to the emergency room . And on September 13, Judge Johnny Lee Baynes ruled that SUNY's closure plan for LICH was "unconstitutionally vague" and told them it couldn't proceed.
At that point, SUNY Downstate took a different tack. On October 25, as Crain's was first to report, the company issued layoff notices to 500 employees, effective October 29.More »