University Hospital of Brooklyn at Long Island College Hospital
University Hospital of Brooklyn at Long Island College Hospital (UHB at LICH), formerly Long Island College Hospital, is a teaching hospital situated at Hicks and Amity Streets in Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn, New York. Its current facilities are designed to accommodate 375 patients. As of July 2013, "The hospital is losing $15 million a month, $12 million of it in payroll, with almost no money coming in," according to The New York Times. In the same month, it has only 18 patients, in preparation for closure, planned for August 14, 2013.
Founded in 1858, the Long Island College Hospital introduced the practice of bedside teaching in 1860, and it later became the first U.S. hospital to use stethoscopes and anesthesia. In 1873 it introduced the first emergency ambulance service in Brooklyn. Its collegiate division would later form the Downstate Medical Center, an academic unit of the State University of New York in 1948.
Merger with SUNY
As of May 27, 2011, Long Island College Hospital became part of SUNY Downstate's University Hospital of Brooklyn, renamed as University Hospital of Brooklyn at Long Island College Hospital, serving as a clinical campus for medical students in the Downstate College of Medicine. Current hospital staff include "1,000 social workers, patient care technicians, radiologists and other unionized workers as well as 435 full- and part-time nurses."
Less than two years later, on February 8, 2013, the Trustees of the State University of New York voted to close the hospital. A re-vote by the State University of New York board of trustees was taken on March 19, 2013, who again voted to close down the hospital. It must still be approved by the New York State Department of Health. On April 1, 2013, for a second time the closing of the hospital was stalled in court.
On July 19, 2013, the New York State Department of Health approved SUNY Downstate Medical Center's plan to close the hospital, which calls for all remaining patients to be transferred or discharged on or before July 28. The plan also calls for the hospital to stop admitting patients from its emergency department on July 22, and calls for the hospital's elective surgery schedule to be canceled, effective the same day. According to the plan, LICH will continue to operate its emergency department until July 29. The hospital will not close July 28 as planned. A state supreme court justice upheld a temporary restraining order preventing SUNY Downstate from shutting it down, and ordered both sides back to court on July 31 to decide its future.
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- Official website
- Concerned Physicians of LICH
- Downstate Long Island College Hospital, US News & World Report, n.d.