DEAD LICH: Prez tells trustees to pull plug; public hearing Thursday, execution vote Friday

February 6, 2013 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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There may not be a ninth life for Long Island College Hospital.

Doctors at the financially ailing Cobble Hill medical center were told Monday night that their number’s up, the New York Post reports.

The president of SUNY Downstate Medical Center, which owns LICH, “came in and announced the closure of LICH. That’s a fact,” Dr. John Romonelli, past president of the LICH medical staff, told the Post.

The president, Dr. John Williams, told the NY Times that it was necessary to sacrifice LICH to save the rest of the enterprise.

“I have to put on the big hat when I look at the campus and say what works and what doesn’t work,” Williams said. “The last thing I want to do is have people lose their jobs, but LICH could bring down SUNY Downstate and that’s something I’m trying to prevent.”

Earlier on Monday, the Brooklyn Eagle’s Mary Frost reported that the SUNY board of trustees would hold a brief public hearing on LICH Thursday afternoon, and then officially seal LICH’s fate in a vote early Friday morning.

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