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Community Leaders Push Plan for Brooklyn Health Partners to Take Over LICH

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Community leaders from several Brooklyn neighborhoods come out in support of one of the bids to take over Long Island College Hospital.

Resident Association Presidents from Wyckoff Gardens, Gowanus and Red Hook say they want Brooklyn Health Partners to take control of the hospital.

The organization made one of the nine proposals SUNY Downstate says it received that meet the minimum requirements to run the facility.

Supporters say Brooklyn Health Partners will provide the best medical care to the community.

"They have mentioned in their proposal that there's gonna be boards set up and that the community will have a role and we really feel that's important,” said Charlene Nimmons, Resident Association President of Wyckoff Gardens.

"We have nothing if LICH goes, so we are fighting and we will do our very best and hope that the people that's coming in will work with us. We will work with them,” said Lillie Marshal, Resident Association President, Red Hook West.

According to an agreement signed last month, SUNY will favor bidders who include a full service emergency room and other medical services.

All bidders will present their proposals at an open community forum at St. Francis College Tuesday night from 6 to 8 p.m.

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