Long Island College Hospital Preps for Possible Closure

Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y., may be shuttering its doors soon after its parent organization ordered physicians to discharge patients within a couple days, according to a New York Times report.

State University of New York Downstate Medical Center also reportedly told hospital physicians they may receive termination letters. LICH, which has already suspended ambulance services, currently has a census of 18 patients but can hold up to 375 patients, according to the report.

SUNY Downstate has floated the idea of closing LICH for the past several months. LICH has been losing hundreds of millions of dollars since 2007, and it is losing about $15 million per month right now, an audit from New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli found in January. The fact LICH is still open is somewhat surprising because the audit said LICH would most likely be insolvent by May.

In May, SUNY officials proposed restructuring SUNY Downstate. Within that proposal, LICH would have either been sold or closed.

A tentative date for the hospital's official closure was not given.

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