Here’s a new twist. Brownstone Brooklyn moms whose kids were born at Long Island College Hospital are planning a stroller a march Saturday, April 13, to protest its planned closing. Cobble Hill mama Liz Holden tells the New York Daily News, “We are bringing out the baby brigade to save our hospital. We want folks to call the governor’s office. Cuomo can stop this.”
The starting point for the protest is LICH’s Henry St. toddler playground, which moms also fear will disappear if LICH closes and its real estate is sold off.
The newspaper reports that between 1,400 and 1,600 babies have been born each year since 2009 at LICH, according to hospital sources. The labor and delivery floor has remained busy this year despite the closure threat, with 438 babies born in the first quarter.
But SUNY Downstate spokesman Robert Bellafiore counters, “LICH is losing $1 million per week and if it isn’t closed, the survival of financially ailing Downstate’s East Flatbush hospital and school is threatened. We feel for the point the moms are making, but there is a borough-wide healthcare problem. If LICH were to stay open, it’s not impossible that Brooklyn’s only medical school would close—and it would be way harder to find a doctor in all of Brooklyn.” (Photo: NY Daily News)