From the Daily News:
Embattled Long Island College Hospital is being taken over by the state - and is hoping to stem the exodus of Brownstone Brooklyn residents to Manhattan for medical care.
Cash-strapped LICH will become part of SUNY Downstate Medical Center under a deal Gov. Paterson announced yesterday at the Cobble Hill hospital.
SUNY Downstate President John LaRosa promised that the pediatrics and obstetrics departments - which current owner Continuum Health Partners tried to shutter - and other basic services would stay open at LICH.
While core departments will stay in place, LaRosa said some services could be moved between LICH and SUNY's East Flatbush campus, but no decisions have been made.
"It is our every intention to expand, not to contract services here," he said. "We are going to operate as one hospital."
SUNY will get $40 million in grants from the state - on top of $22 million awarded last year - to ease the takeover. The state hospital will take on LICH's $170 million debt. LaRosa said he expected required state approvals for the deal to come through by early next year.
Wow, 3 Queens hospitals close and the state, and especially Governor Paterson didn't give a shit, but the stroller set loses one and they take urgent action?
I guess being vibrant and diverse and chock full of 3rd worlders who don't vote isn't all its cracked up to be.
Oh, and I'm sure there will be a rally called by our Queens elected reps to call attention to this hypocritical and racist action any day now.