Brooklyn Hospital wants to buy LICH

The Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

Brooklyn Hospital wants to buy Long Island College Hospital.

The Fort Greene hospital’s proposal would re-purpose the existing buildings of Cobble Hill’s Long Island College Hospital, turning some into housing and a portion into a medical center featuring ambulatory care, an emergency department, and other specialized departments, a Brooklyn Hospital Center executive said.

“This was a more recent development based upon our analysis of community need and the best use of the facilities as we see it,” said Joan Clark, vice president of strategic planning.

The plan comes a month after the State University of New York, which runs Long Island College Hospital and spent 2013 trying to shutter it, offered to hand the keys over to the city rather than considering a competing bid to redevelop it. Brooklyn Hospital’s proposal does not include in-patient services, but Clark said that it may have better luck winning over Long Island College Hospital’s staffers than competing pitches.

“Part of this proposal is to engage the unions,” Clark said, adding that the Brooklyn Hospital plan would save some of the 1,442 jobs that would be lost if the Cobble Hill medical center closed altogether. Clark could not give a number of the jobs that the new medical center would retain or say where the apartment buildings would be located.

Long Island College Hospital activists and unions did not return requests for comment, but the New York State Nurses Association has long said that it would not accept an overhaul for the troubled 156-year-old Cobble Hill institution that included anything less than a full service hospital.

The State University of New York would not comment on the latest bid.

“SUNY is engaged in a procurement process and it is not concluded at this time therefore we cannot make comments on specific proposals,” said spokesman David Doyle.

Reach reporter Jaime Lutz at or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow her on Twitter @jaime_lutz.
Updated 10:16 pm, July 9, 2018
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

Reasonable discourse

resident from Cobble Hill says:
Sounds like the best opportunity yet.

A reduced care facility with specilized services AND less negative impact on the community.

Historical houses get returned to the residential community where they belong and were taken from.

And who are the "New York State Nurses Association" to have a say? They're in it for themselves anyway, they care not for the community. This is a union driven initative on their part, driving up wages and using the workers to make their money - the truth sometimes hurts but is none-the-less the truth.
Jan. 9, 2014, 11:09 am
RT from Cobble hill says:
Would love to see a first rate children's hospital take it over.
Jan. 9, 2014, 11:32 am
Julie from LICH says:
I'll tell you what LICH staffers are saying. Brooklyn Hosptial is delusional. Brooklyn Hospital cannot replace LICH. It doesn't have the same services. It can't be the only hospital serving such a huge exploding section of Brooklyn. Since the summer we've seen that it can't handle the overload from patients that would have been at LICH. Patients waiting hours upon hours for care in emergency room, more hours for hospital beds. Nothing has changed in the past year. The fight for LICH was never about jobs. Elected officials ned to understand that. People's lives are at stake. Dangling a carrot in the form of a job won't change our stance. No plan that closes LICH as a hospital is acceptable.
Jan. 9, 2014, 11:58 am
resident from Cobble Hill says:
Slandering Brooklyn Hospital just because you won't get full employment is a disgrace and obvious ploy.

Your all or nothing approach is selfish.

Smart folk know when they're looking a gift horse in the mouth - let's roll out the red carpet for BH.
Jan. 9, 2014, 12:33 pm
Samuel from Clinton Hill says:
The new mayor got elected fighting to keep the hospital open at lich. Now that he got to where he wanted to be, will he allow lich to be the 1st hospital closed on his watch in exchange for the promise of some housing? Before letting that happen, he should hold his real estate developer friends to their as yet not fulfilled promise of new housing at Atlantic Yards.
Jan. 9, 2014, 12:59 pm
RJ from Bay Ridge says:
The sooner Interfaith and LICH close the sooner a real plan on how to replace the services will be implemented. The unions need to back off and let these institutions die off. Brooklyn hospital is next probably followed by Wyckoff.
Jan. 9, 2014, 1:30 pm
Resident2 from Cobble Hill says:
Brooklyn hospital was in bankruptcy itself not too long ago. They don't want lich - they want its property & its patients. They aren't offering anything different or more than SUNY has - to "monetize lich." Hospital closure has been fought all yr. Why would it suddenly be acceptable? It's not.
Jan. 9, 2014, 1:40 pm
Jason from Brooklyn Heights says:
@Resident2 - No one WANTS LICH. They will use it to expand their catchment area and use it as an almost urgent-care like place that accepts ambulances for nonsense injuries to appease the community. LICH will never be a full-service hospital. No one wants that.

@RJ - More likely Interfaith and then Wyckoff. Good point. We all forget that Wyckoff isn't doing that well.
Jan. 9, 2014, 2:47 pm
SUNYlies says:
Jason it is not true that "no one wants LICH". There are more than 1 interested parties. SUNY has blocked them all. Don't have to take my word for it. Just wait a little while. It will come out in the wash shortly.
Jan. 9, 2014, 3:27 pm
Marie Verio from South Brooklyn says:
Jason is a real estate plant. LICH was there first and Cobble Hill swells need to keep lying to themselves about the hospitals supposed ill effects.

Hey shucks, you live next to a HIGHWAY and a quasi-highway in Atlantic Avenue. Can't imagine how folks survived when the waterfront was working too.
Jan. 9, 2014, 11:22 pm
resident from Cobble Hill says:
To Marie Verio from South Brooklyn;

If you want to live next to a hospital, then rally up your buddies and put it in your neighborhood, next to your house. Then you can have the three shift changes per day, with car alarms alarming and horns honking, no parking, idling cars waiting to pick up the workers leaving "pee bottles" on the curb, surgical gloves and other paraffinalia on your sidewalks, ambulances sirens, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK!

And if you guessed living next to a highway, Atlantic Ave, "the new Brooklyn Bridge Park" and LICH isn't hell, guess again. Everyone wants to improve their quality of life and that of their children - why don't you understand that?
Jan. 10, 2014, 9:23 am
Billy Oldham from Red Hook says:
You moved to next a 100 year old hospital, a 50 year oold highway and Atlantic Avenue... And now you're crying about it?

Fools are beautiful, no matter how many lies lies lies lies lies you offer up!

And shift change!!

Life is hard...
Jan. 10, 2014, 6:38 pm
To Jason from Brooklyn Heights says:
You might have a point about ambulance noise if someone just came in out of nowhere & opened a hospital across the street from you. But buddy, that hospital has been here since your great-grandfather was just a twinkle in his father's eyes. Before deciding on moving to your place, You should have opened Your eyes & noticed that there was a hospital there. If you didn't want to live next to a hospital or a highway, you had the choice to not move next to them since they were already there. How are you complaining to us about living in a location that you chose to live? If you don't like it, you're free to choose to live elswhere.
Jan. 10, 2014, 8:14 pm
Maria from Sunset Park says:
With what money is Brooklyn Hospital planning to buy LICH? A "loan" from the The State of New York (although NYS said they didn't have funds to save LICH), or maybe they'll get a mortgage from some questionable (read shady) real estate lender, conveniently default on the mortgage, therefore giving an otherwise "totally unworthy" buyer access to do with the property as they please. And, Bklyn Hospital would then receive a mystery donation as a kick-back for acting as a pass-through. Looks like a SNAKE PIT, smells like a SNAKE PIT and folks- it is a SNAKE PIT. This is what passes for strategic planning!
Jan. 11, 2014, 8:33 pm

Comments closed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Keep it local!

Stay in touch with your community. Subscribe to our free newsletter: