SUNY Downstate Temporarily Blocked From Closing Long Island College Hospital

A couple weeks ago, State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn recommended the closure of its Cobble Hill-based Long Island College Hospital, but a judge has prevented that from occurring in the near term with a temporary restraining order, according to a WNYC News report.

Judge Betsy Barros issued the order the same day SUNY Downstate submitted its closure plan to the New York State Health Department, which must approve all hospital closures, according to the report.

The drama surrounding SUNY Downstate and LICH first occurred this past January, when an audit from New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli found SUNY Downstate lost more than $300 million from 2007 through 2011. In 2011 alone, when SUNY Downstate acquired LICH, the medical center lost more than $275 million, mostly due low occupancy rates and the pressure from taking on $170 million of LICH's liabilities.

The report gave no timetable as to when further hearings on LICH and SUNY Downstate would occur.

More Articles on SUNY Downstate Medical Center:

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Audit: SUNY Downstate Medical Center Faces Insolvency Within Months

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