LICH in limbo! Anybody want to run a hospital?

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Long Island College Hospital is under new management, if it can ever find some.

The search is on for a new operator, but the beleaguered Cobble Hill medical center will remain under the state’s thumb until Sept. 3, officials said in a court hearing yesterday.

Doctors from the hospital are trying to find a someone to take it over in the wake of a bombshell court ruling that said the State University of New York may be operating the troubled institution unethically.

Earlier this week, Judge Carolyn Demarest revoked the university’s 2011 takeover of the hospital, saying that there is evidence that the state had a possible “sinister purpose to seize its assets and dismantle the hospital” to sell off the ultra-valuable real estate on which it sits. The university has been attempting to close the hospital since February.

Doctors on Thursday said that they had been contacted by a number of potential operators and that they hoped to continue to run the institution as a full-service hospital, though possibly one with fewer beds, according to the New York Times. Judge Demarest predicted in her ruling that the hospital will be scaled down even if it finds a straight-shooting savior.

This is not the first time doctors have looked for a replacement operator — they first put out the call in February when the state started moving to close the 155-year-old institution — but the search is urgent now that the state has been given a pink slip.

Demarest had previously recommended that the hospital be returned to Continuum Health Partners, its former operator, but Continuum released a statement on Tuesday saying that it did not have the resources to run the institution that the state claims has been losing $15 million a month, which hospital advocates dispute.

Reach reporter Jaime Lutz at or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow her on Twitter @jaime_lutz.
Updated 10:14 pm, July 9, 2018
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BKLYN from Sunset park says:
Thank you for adding that SUNY's claims of Lich monthly losses is disputed & not reporting their claim as a fact. The fact is that SUNY is causing losses at LICH every month by preventing it from performing hospital services, banning ambulances, & barring patients from admission. The money SUNY is spending on keeping LICH empty illegally, security guards to intimidate the entire neighborhood, the PR to spin their illegal actions for the media plus their actions cutting off sources of LICH income are not LICH's "losses". It's SUNY's illegal actions & wasteful spending - yet again. I thought they would have stopped wasteful spending some time ago when the NY Senate investigated them for that very thing. Some people never learn.
Aug. 23, 2013, 2:25 pm
Bendrix says:
Oh, looks like Brenda and Twig-man want an artisanal bakery built inside the hospital so they can gentrify the health care in this country while they worship Obama and ride their bicycles around MY CITY. I OWN THIS TOWN. I BUILT THIS CITY BRICK BY BRICK WITH MY OWN BARE HANDS. Please, no more hipster dive bars, especially in hospitals where NATIVE NEW YORKERS go to get their ow-ies fixed without interruption from these vegan trend-os.
Aug. 23, 2013, 3:37 pm
Hortense Massino from South Brooklyn says:
SUNY lies lies lies lies lies lies lies lies lies lies AND lies.

The execrable Andrew Cuomo, a sack of sh*t in semi-humanoid form, could care less and, obviously, he's condoned.

Thanks to all who have struggled to reveal these very blatant truths.
Aug. 23, 2013, 7:03 pm
jay from nyc says:
ok, so IF this is true, then basically the story is that the State of New York intentionally and willfully caused a financial loss to be incurred to taxpayers, and intentionally and willfully wasted a public financial asset under their control so that a private interest could take it over for less than market value. If that is true, then people behind it need to go to jail for 20 years with no parole.
Aug. 23, 2013, 8:44 pm
Jim from East Flatbush says:
Everyone who posts here needs a dose of realism. If LICH was such a great business then they wouldnt be in the red the last twenty years 18 of which not with the 'lying' SUNY system.

If everyone is so interested in the real estate then the real dirtbags (Continuum) would not be trying to run away from this.

The fact is SUNY saved LICH two years ago. A fact lost on the dolts posting here. They repaid SUNY by becoming even less productive. These cheap attacks sicken me.
Aug. 24, 2013, 11:51 am
Obamacare from And How? says:
What role does Obamacare play in all this?
Aug. 24, 2013, 11:53 am
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
What role does Obamacare play in all this?

Nothing - but you ain't seen nothin' yet Comrade!

If you like public housing, you'll love public healthcare! Forward Comrades!
Aug. 24, 2013, 12:20 pm
LB from Brooklyn says:
A conversation about LICH still somehow finds a way to get the Obama haters to spew venom. Sad.

Anyway, $10 of the $15 Mil that LICH is supposedly losing per month are actually losses from SUNY's other hospital. Yes, the other hospital loses twice as much as LICH, but in order to justify closing LICH - SUNY claimed that all of their losses are coming from LICH. Why? The property that their other hospital stands on isn't worth jack. The property that their hospital that is actually doing better - LICH - is worth anywhere from $500 million to a billion dollars!
And if SUNY had actually"saved" LICH two years ago then LICH would be operating as a full hospital now and we wouldn't even be discussing any of this.
Aug. 24, 2013, 1:39 pm
Andrew from Williamsburg says:
Jim from Flatbush seems to be working for SUNY downstate..
The real facts are that Lich has NOT been in the financial distress as continuum and SUNY state.
Poor contracts and a rediculous billing deal made with continuum costs Lich millions.
Lich operates at the bare minimum.
With ultra low staffing levels .
Aug. 24, 2013, 2:47 pm
J.R. from Flatbush says:
Jim from Flatbush... Get the facts before you jump on the SUNY bandwagon... and your an idiot.
Aug. 24, 2013, 6:55 pm
Maggie McDonnell from South Brooklyn says:
Jim from East Flatbush-- almost certainly a lie, btw; tell us your favorite roti joint if you really live there Jim?-- is ignorant, ridiculous or a troll for SUNY...

SUNY is vile and NONE of these shenanigans would pass the most basic accounting scrutiny or ethical state government, the latter of which we haven't had even a semblance of for at least four decades...

Andrew Cuomo might even be the worst of the lot; bitter entitled creep who knows he'll never be sh*t in Washington again and thus is only in it for the $$$ now. What a vile, shallow, despicable creep.
Aug. 24, 2013, 11:08 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Andrew Cuomo! Winner of the Chico Marx Lookalike Contest!
Aug. 25, 2013, 8:46 am
Mike Mercilliott from Crown Heights says:
Did no one read the LICH 990 IRS tax statements from LICH? It showed a $22-million loss in 2010 and $32-million loss in 2009, with a $26-million loss for 2008. LICH lost money for 17 years not lies just the facts. The people at LICH like to make up fairy tales about how great LICH was. Wake UP! Six months from now LICH will be in bankruptcy court. Who is going to pay the salaries, supplies, etc.
Aug. 27, 2013, 8:48 am
Don't worry Downstate will close from Brooklyn says:
Well we won't have to worry soon about who is lying and the facts. Downstate won't be open much longer and they can thank Cuomo who is not giving them grant money anymore Also karma is a great word after they dismantled lich They wi be at the hands of thier own fate lol
Aug. 29, 2013, 9:01 pm
Snagged huh SUNY from Brooklyn says:
SUNY thought they were selling Lich to save thier own ass lol....... Now what SUNY??????!!!!!!!! Hehehe
Aug. 29, 2013, 9:03 pm
nigfareg from red house says:
Suny cannot save their own behind so how did the save lich.lich save suny, just saying.
Aug. 29, 2013, 11:17 pm

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