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LICH Employees Deliver Petition to Keep Hospital Open to SUNY Trustees

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Long Island College Hospital nurses, patients and caregivers gathered for a second straight day outside the hospital Tuesday to give speeches and chant before getting on a bus headed to Albany.

There, they presented the SUNY Board of Trustees with 18,000 signatures on a petition to keep the hospital open.

The board did not make any decisions, but the advocates say that they want the community's voice to be heard.

"The community wants a full service hospital, and that's what we want," said one person. "I've been here for 37 and something years, and this hospital has been a good hospital for the community."

"There's a desire here to downsize, possibly close the hospital and build condominiums," said another. "The community's demanding full service hospital here at Long Island College."

The board delayed a decision on a December bid to take over LICH and develop condos and an urgent care center.

It may make a decision later this week.

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