March 7th, 2013
By 1199 SEIU, New York State Nurses Association, Concerned Physicians for LICH
Nurses, doctors, caregivers, patients, community and elected leaders will gather on the steps of the State Supreme Court House in downtown Brooklyn before a scheduled hearing on the Temporary Restraining Order issued against SUNY Downstate. The order, issued on Thursday, February 21, temporarily barred SUNY from moving forward with their plan to close Long Island College Hospital (LICH).
WHO: BALCONY member New York State Nurses Association, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, Concerned Physicians of LICH, New York Communities for Change, National Action Network, New York State Senator Daniel Squadron, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and other elected leaders.
WHERE: State Supreme Court-Kings County, 360 Adams Street, Cadman Plaza Side, steps on the main entrance to the courthouse
BACKGROUND: A growing community-based movement has been fighting to keep LICH open for care because it saves lives and is vital to Brooklyn patient care. LICH’s owner—SUNY Downstate—voted to close the hospital and submitted a closure plan to the Department of Health last month. SUNY’s vote was unlawfully conducted and the move to close the hospital will prop up billion-dollar real estate development interests and the state’s plan to build a for-profit, pilot hospital in Brooklyn.