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Ambulances Make Limited Return To LICH

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Ambulances have returned to Brooklyn's Long Island College Hospital.

Beginning Friday afternoon, 911 operators have resumed sending limited, non-critical, ambulances to the Cobble Hill facility for the first time since June.

Patients suffering from life-threatening conditions will not be brought to LICH.

SUNY Downstate officials stress the hospital is still not a full service facility and they can only offer basic services.

SUNY has been under pressure to restore services at the financially troubled hospital due to a court order.

It says it's working to comply.

Some are calling it another small victory.

"It's a relay race and we're at the last hurdle," said Susan Rayboy of Patients for LICH. "For me personally, LICH saved my life, and if I had another emergency and had to go somewhere else, I might not survive it. Now, for the first time, I can go to sleep tonight knowing that if I need an ambulance, I can come here."

"Well, we're ecstatic about it because, as you know, we've been fighting very hard to keep it open, and this means a lot to the nurses because we believe that all patients should have access to care in the communities that they live," said Jill Furillo, executive director of the New York State Nurses Association.

SUNY has tried repeatedly to close LICH, claiming it's losing millions of dollars every month, but supporters have been able to keep the issue tied up in the courts.

SUNY officials say they are working to find a new owner and operator for the hospital

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