Letter: LICH developer must change its ways

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To the editor,

Kenneth Langone is the chairman of the board of trustees at New York University Langone Medical Center. I am writing to you because I am sure that chairman Langone does not understand what is happening in Brooklyn, in his name, regarding the destruction of Long Island College Hospital and its replacement by luxury condominiums. I am sure that when he does understand 1) the devastating effect on emergency healthcare for 1.5 million Brooklynites, today and for decades to come and 2) the critical role New York University Langone Medical Center has played in this “property conversion,” he will do the good and right thing.

The solution: New York University Langone Medical Center can resuscitate and revitalize the Long Island College Hospital campus and provide a much-improved, 250 bed, full-service, acute care hospital and a full-service, acute-care emergency room, both of which existed just 17 short months ago. The request for proposals winner behind Fortis Property Group, which is planning to build luxury residences on the former medical campus, was going to do exactly that. New York University Langone could do this rapidly, efficiently and excellently, and be profitable — and become a beloved neighbor and not a hated intruder and enabler.

Jon Berall

Brooklyn Heights

The author is a physician and a former court-appointed ombudsman who monitored Long Island College Hospital as it closed.

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Steven Rosenberg from Park Slope says:
Gee, what a well-reasoned letter--except for the reasoning part.

Dear local scrappy paper. Why did you just "print" a letter that offers nothing to the discussion? Yes, people have lost their jobs, OK, we get that. There's a reason LICH closed. It was hemorrhaging money, and the nature of medicine has changed such that its existence could not be justified. There are other emergency facilities sufficiently close. That's all one needs to know.

Is there more? You just published a letter that adds nothing to this reality.
Dec. 27, 2014, 1:35 am
TSW from Brooklyn Heights says:
Yes, Steven Rosenberg, there are emeregency facilities sufficiently close to Park Slope where you live. But not where I live. We had our hospital stolen from us for no other reason other than greed and politics. You live in Park Slope and are obviously not sympathetic to what has happened here so I wish you would bud out and take care of Methodist's expansion instead.
Dec. 27, 2014, 11:26 am
Steven Rosenberg from Park Slope says:
TSW, my primary point was that a letter saying NOTHING was deemed worthy of publication. That letter didn't offer anything to support your position.

If you had your hospital "stolen" from you, greed had nothing to do with it; stupid politicians may have. But let me guess, you're a Democrat, and you've always been, and always will be. And Democrat politicians run everthing, so maybe you're to blame as well?

My guess is that in 2014/15 having an FDNY or other ambulance respond to an emergency quickly is likely just as good as having LICH open. And if there aren't more hospital facilities in Brooklyn, maybe they aren't needed, or, maybe they are needed but our state and federal socialist medical system doesn't make them viable.
Dec. 30, 2014, 12:18 am
rscali from grymes hill says:
LICH was once a flourishing hospital. It was purposely bankrupt by Downstate with the approval of the governor. They bulldosed my livelyhood
Dec. 30, 2014, 9:39 pm
Robert Pepper from Brooklyn Heights says:
Steven, Guess you're just looking for a political argument! An UrgentCare Center is no replace- ment for a full service hospital if you need one. Without LICH, you & your future heart attack or stroke or bad accident, or crime, or epidemic, or hurricane, or riot, or emergency birth, or true emergency you will have to withstand, will have to wait in Methodist's now overcrowded parking lot for admittance, or go to the infamous Brooklyn Hospital. Jon Berall is simply trying a last minute approach to the owner, after all other reasonable, legal requests to save the corruptly stolen & de- stroyed by Gov. Cuomo & all his elected goose- steppers, hospital.
Jan. 7, 2015, 2:39 am

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