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June 20, 2013

NY hospital to stop receiving ambulances

New York Times

NEW YORK — A state judge has ordered Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn to keep up its level of staffing after complaints by hospital workers that the State University of New York was allowing it to wither away even as officials publicly claimed they were doing everything possible to keep it open.

After a hearing in State Supreme Court in Brooklyn Wednesday, the judge, Johnny Lee Baynes, signed an order saying the hospital, in Cobble Hill, should maintain staffing on par with what it was before SUNY Downstate Medical Center, which operates it, first moved to close it earlier this year.

The hospital’s residency program was scheduled to end this weekend, and, doctors said, if SUNY did not replenish its lost residents, senior doctors would be struggling to take care of patients on their own. They added that the psychiatry department had already been decimated.

Full story: In Brooklyn, Long Island College Hospital Staff Gets Reprieve