#SaveLICH: Millman Co-sponsors “Fail Safe” Bill to Keep “Downsized” LICH Open

According to Mary Frost’s Eagle story, bills have been introduced in the New York State Senate and Assembly that would assure the survival of a “downsized” Long Island College Hospital should SUNY Downstate Medical Center succeed in its plan to sell LICH. One of the sponsors of the Assembly bill, which is identical to the one pending in the Senate, is Assemblywoman Joan Millman. The Eagle quotes Assemblyman Nick Perry as saying the bill

provides for the continued existence of LICH as a downsized, healthcare facility, while providing a pragmatic alternative to other plans which would simply allow LICH to shut down, pack up and leave Cobble Hill.

The story quotes Millman as characterizing the legislation as “a failsafe, a placeholder, in case we go back to the Governor.”

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2 Responses to #SaveLICH: Millman Co-sponsors “Fail Safe” Bill to Keep “Downsized” LICH Open

  1. RSD July 5, 2013 at 11:22 am #

    Posting of e-mail I just received:

    In the face of SUNY’s continued contempt for court orders and failure to find a new operator for Long Island College Hospital, we are escalating our efforts to keep LICH open for care.

    Next week, we will be taking the save LICH message to the Manhattan offices of Governor Andrew Cuomo and SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher.

    On Monday, July 8, NYSNA, 1199 and supporters of Long Island College Hospital will be holding a rally to tell Governor Cuomo to keep LICH, as well as Interfaith and Brooklyn Hospitals, open for care.

    When: 4pm-6pm

    Where: 633 3rd Avenue, Manhattan (between 40th and 41th Streets)

    Buses leave from LICH at 2:45 pm at the Hicks Street entrance.
    RSVP to reverve a seat – email gabe.kristal@nysna.org


    On Wednesday, July 10th,

    LICH supporters will rally and deliver a petition to Chancellor Zimpher to obey the court order and keep the hospital open at safe staffing levels.

    When: Wednesday July 10 at 10 AM

    Where: 33 West 42nd Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)

    Buses leave from LICH at 8:15 AM in front of LICH (Hicks Street)

    RSVP to reverve a seat – email gabe.kristal@nysna.org

    This is an important week for our communities. Please pass this message on and urge your friends and neighbors to participate.

    Michelle Green
    Assistant Director for Special Projects
    New York State Nurses Association
    120 Wall Street
    New York, NY 1007
    212 785 0157 x175
    718 714 8863 (cell)

  2. scs July 6, 2013 at 1:59 am #

    How much more “downsized” is Mrs Millman willing to sacrifce to? How low can it go? LICH was already downsized from 506 beds to 250 staffed beds. Those beds had a daily occupancy rate of about 90% or more everyday in 2012. Many days LICH even had more patients that the number of staffed beds but was able to handle the influx because it has flexibility to go up to about 310 beds. The usual 250 is a good number for LICH. 90% of them were filled everyday. If LICH & its units are unlocked and its hospital services are resumed, 90% or more of those can be filled again. LICH has the 2nd best payor mix in the borough. If the billing is done competently, timely and properly, income will be generated and LICH can thrive.