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The Call Blog: SUNY Announces Winning Bid For Long Island College Hospital

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Today's pick was hailed as a win-win by SUNY, but many of our viewers were skeptical of the deal. They may have reason to be after more than a year of setbacks and protests. Hopefully SUNY and BHP can negotiate in good faith and draw up a contract soon.

It appears another full-service hospital will replace Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn. SUNY trustees announced today that Brooklyn Health Partners won the bidding process to replace the cash-strapped hospital in Cobble Hill. SUNY will stop operating the hospital next month and a facility with 150 beds will be used while BHP begins construction.

BHP will pay $250 million for the sale of the site. Its bid calls for a full-service hospital with 300 to 400 beds after three years of construction. It also includes 700 market-rate apartments and 300 units of affordable housing. If the State fails to reach a contract agreement with BHP, the group that finished second would win the bid. That group is offering an emergency room and surgery center, but no full-service hospital.

What's your reaction to the selection of Brooklyn Health Partners to operate Long Island College Hospital? What questions or concerns do you have moving forward? Do you consider this a victory for all New Yorkers who are struggling with hospital closings in the five boroughs?

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I hope BHP operates LICH the wayh a good hospital is suppposed to be run the owe it to the people of the neighborhood i hope they hire caring and compassionate nurses like Mount Sinai do and i hope they hire educated doctors also. This is a victory for all New Yorkers that are struggling with hospital closures a hospital should be in every community so if someone is sick they can get to the hospital in minutes

Upper West Side

I believe that this site was offered to developers the same deal by people in our local government.
so that they can build high-rise's on the site. Because there was so much flack from the public about
the dire need of a full service hospital that the commitment to build a full service hospital on this
site was an after thought.
Also mind you that this still doesn’t look like a done deal to me. At the present time it is still in limbo.
If the top bidder cannot reach an agreement with the state then it goes to the next bidder in
line and they have already made it known that it will not be a full service hospital. So to me it means
that all along these politicians have been giving deals away to the realtors and no matter how they
word it the public will be the loser in all of this.
Why such an interest now at this late date to save this hospital after so many others met their demise
one by one.
I’m interested to know just how they will succeed financially when this huge project is finally completed
and up an running. It will be interesting to see since it is still in the talking stages.

Morris Park

As a 911 Paramedic serving the LICH catchment area, we have seen the tremendous stress put upon both the Brooklyn Hospital and Methodist Hospital ERs. [On Monday afternoon, there were 20 EMS units lined up outside Methodist ER in Park Slope] SUNY and the State Department of Health owes it to the Community to ensure a smooth transition that allows the new operator to fulfill their plan of a continuously operated, full service, Emergency Room. Anything less will continue to leave Red Hook, Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, and Gowanus underserved, and in jeopardy!


If it's going to take 3-4 years to construct the hospital, what are the people who would normally check in at LICH going to do during this period?
If there is space in nearby hospitals, why not just enhance and expand them immediately and let LICH go?

Port Richmond

Consider the tens of millions SUNY,(a.k.a) taxpayers, would have saved had they acted as a good faith hospital operator over a year ago. Kudos to the Community groups who stood up and, like in the classic movie 'Network', opened their windows and collectively shouted "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore!"

Boerum Hill

If SUNY had gotten their way a year ago they'd have $500Million in their pockets and shuttered a 'U.S. News & World Report' highly ranked Hospital, serving Brooklyn since the Civil War, leaving behind high priced condos and perhaps a hotel. If SUNY had gotten their way a few months ago, they'd have sold out to political interests and traded a Hospital for an Urgent Care Center, medical offices and condos. SUNY must be monitored, as a lot can go wrong in 30 days. They shouldn't be trusted.


I have serious doubts about Brooklyn Health Partners. They have no track record and no experience to run a hospital. They won the bid solely because they made promises that no one else would make. Since experienced hospital operators could not make a go of it, how can this company succeed where all others failed? Perhaps they plan to fail and will build their housing and shelter those profits from the hospital's loses. They have three years to build the housing, sell them, and then fail to provide the hospital they promise. It is like the great builders we had in Staten Island in the 70's and 80's. They built the houses, sold them and then filed for bankruptcy once all were sold to avoid making any repairs to the houses they sold.

Bulls Head

Since the beginning of the Bloomberg era, New York became a city of greed and exclusion. Luxury condos have replaced hospitals, the infrastructure has been allowed to rot and poor and middle class people have been treated like disposable subhumans. How long before the ugliness of all this becomes irreversible and the City becomes unlivable for anybody? Good luck in your luxury condo when you need services and infrastructure that is simply not there.

East Village

Good news for LICH that the bidding wars have ended; but when will these showrunners quit the bidding on people's livelihood and patient care? What does this mean for loyal employees currently being shuffled around?

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