NYU Langone and Brooklyn Hospital Make Bids to Take Over LICH: Report

By Nikhita Venugopal on January 13, 2014 12:58pm 

 A protester holds up a sign, which reads "Hope for LICH" in front of Long Island College Hospital, July 29.
A protester holds up a sign, which reads "Hope for LICH" in front of Long Island College Hospital, July 29.
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COBBLE HILL — Two of the city’s most prominent hospitals are proposing takeovers of Cobble Hill’s struggling Long Island College Hospital, according to reports.

NYU Langone Medical Center wants to turn LICH into a 60,000-square-foot medical center with a freestanding emergency department, cancer center, ambulatory surgery center and multi-specialty physician practice, Crain’s reports.

NYU Langone would partner with Fortis Property Group, whose earlier plan to turn LICH into condos with an urgent care center was dropped by the State University of New York after strong opposition from unions and local advocates.

Brooklyn Hospital has proposed closing LICH, and its full-service hospital, and adding 1,000 mixed-income residential units to the property, according to Crain's.

The hospital buildings would be repurposed as a "comprehensive care center with ambulance service and a free standing emergency department" and a 24-hour ER that would only treat non-critical acute illnesses or injuries.

Brooklyn Hospital would team up with an unnamed private equity firm and a developer. Other services would include radiology, laboratory, endoscopy services and outpatient surgery, according to the report.

It is unclear whether SUNY can consider Brooklyn Hospital’s proposal because it wasn't submitted as part of SUNY’s “Requests for Proposal" process.

SUNY did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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