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Media Roundup: Coverage Of Thursday’s #SaveLICH Flash Rally

As SUNY attempted to ramp down operations at Long Island Hospital this afternoon and patients were being ushered out of the facility today, neighborhood residents, elected officials and union members staged a spontaneous protest and demand answers.

RELATED: #SaveLICH Rally Tale of the Tweets

By the time things had settled down, news outlets big and small had filed reports.

Here’s a look at some of them:

New York Daily News: Bill de Blasio, Dan Squadron and other Brooklyn pols storm LICH after SUNY sends in closure plan :

“If God forbid, somebody dies, there is blood on your hands, SUNY!” Levin (D-Brooklyn Heights) said at a rally in front of the hospital before he, Squadron and de Blasio stormed inside.
Nurses and doctors said their bosses have ordered them — orally, not in writing — to clear out the 250-bed facility over the weekend.
“They told us we had to transfer all of our patients,” said Dr. Alice Garner, chief of newborn medicine. “And the doors will be locked by Sunday.”

CBS New York: Doctors, Lawmakers Rally To Try To Save Long Island College Hospital

City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio said the hospital could close by Sunday during this heat wave and they have put nothing in writing.

The hospital is run by the SUNY system.

“They’re cowards. They won’t come out here and talk to people,” said de Blasio.

He and other elected officials stormed their way into the hospital and demanded to speak with the administrator, but they were turned away.

NY1: Protest Erupts After LICH Staff Claims Hospital Closure Is Imminent :

“This is a crisis of incredible proportions in Brooklyn where you have patients who are being diverted from the hospital against the order of a judge who says that the hospital must receive patients, especially in the emergency rooms,” said Jill Surillo of the New York State Nursing Association.
In a statement, a SUNY Downstate spokesman said they have no immediate plans to close the hospital, adding they will “continue to address issues at LICH in an orderly and responsible manner that ensures patient safety and welfare.”

Brooklyn Eagle: Brooklyn officials protest SUNY’s ‘secret’ plan to close LICH

Dr. Garner said that only one baby was left in the neonatal unit. “They want to transfer the baby against the mother’s wishes,” she said. “I will not break the law.”

SUNY claimed late on Thursday, however, that the order was a “rumor.”

Hundreds of protesters shouting “Shame on SUNY!” gathered in the 97-degree heat outside LICH in Cobble Hill Thursday afternoon after getting the word.

As dozens of cars honked their horns in solidarity, state Sen. Daniel Squadron, Councilman Steve Levin, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and Councilman Brad Lander told the crowd that SUNY officials refused to meet with them or put the orders in writing in writing to avoid legal culpability.

As of press time (11pm Thursday night), there are 18 patients remaining at the hospital according to SUNY.

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