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The Call Blog: Community Groups, Hospital Employees Review Proposals To Redevelop LICH

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We have covered this issue for several months now and it's amazing the journey it has taken. From being hours away from being shut down to now entertaining proposals for redevelopment, LICH has come a long way - and it's not over yet. We'll see which bidder is finally chosen - that won't be announced until early April.

The bids are out and ready for review. Residents near Brooklyn's Long Island College Hospital are debating nine proposals to redevelop the struggling Cobble Hill institution. SUNY officials released the details late Friday night after agreeing to restart the bidding process to include more community input.

SUNY has said the new process would favor bidders who include a full-service emergency room, an intensive care unit, and at least 100 in-patient beds. The minimum purchase price is $210 million. You can review the proposals at It's unclear if the 600 employees who received pink slips earlier this month will be hired back once the SUNY Board of Trustees makes its final decision.

Which proposal do you favor? Do you want to see a full-service hospital on the site, or housing and a smaller emergency room? Should LICH employees be hired back to work if a full-service hospital is selected? What grade would you give your local hospital when it comes to efficiency and care?

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Every community needs a full service hospital because anybody can get sick and they need a hospital to get to in seconds, the staff that was given pink slips should be rehired because they love their jobs. My hospital is Mount Sinai i give them a A plus because the doctors there are great and the nurses too, when i had my operation to remove my hernia one nurse made me happy she had compassion and she cared i'll never forget Evonne shes a wonderful human being


Keep the hospital and hire the good employees back. We would not want them to end up like Staten Island residents who have only two hospitals. On top of that there are no public hospitals, but we pay the same tax as everyone else.

Park Hill

Hospital services should be paid by the individuals who take advantage of them. They either pay out of their pocket or by insurance. Government, local, state and national promised to pay as a last resort. Instead, they pay as the first resort. Government is broke and so are the hospitals it has falsely promised to pay.

Port Richmond

The hospital should become a full service hospital on this site.
As far as the 600 employees terminated while I do feel for
anyone that does lose their job in any capacity, what I would
do is screen them and hire the best of the best. If they have to
go outside of the realm then so be it. Since hospitals have become
extinct if you will for one reason then I would tend to almost start
from scratch and then maybe they can make a go of it. If they
start to edge towards being in the red they should nip it in the but

I wish them luck with the hospital and just hope it will become a

But also we have to blame the politicians that were elected and
then sold everyone down the river by closing hospitals by the
numbers so that the politicians could satisfy their real estate
cronies as well themselves and the name of the game is


Don't blame SUNY for LICH's problems. The hospital has been broke for nearly a decade. It was forced on SUNY by Gov. Paterson as part of a bail out of the hospital which cost taxpayers $62 million in 2011 alone. It is not economically viable. It is obvious that the neighborhood does not need a full service hospital of this size or else it would not be losing so much money. Maybe a scaled down hospital may survive, but if you look at Brooklyn Health Partners, I suspect they are betting that they can make money off the real estate and then shut the hospital down when it eventually fails.

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