Documents

Long Island College Hospital Request for Proposals

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LICH RFP Participation 01.31.14

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Public Advocate James and Community Blast SUNY Move on Long Island College Hospital

TODAY: Public Advocate James and Community Blast SUNY Move on Long Island College Hospital
SUNY Ignores Community and Tries to Jam Flawed Process That Will Harm Patients and Community

New York, NY — Public Advocate Letitia James and Brooklyn leaders are demanding that SUNY stop the gimmicks and return to the negotiating table about the outcome of Long Island College Hospital. Late last night, SUNY issued a unilateral request for proposal (RFP) – without any community input – that excludes neighborhoods like Red Hook, Brooklyn Heights and Downtown Brooklyn from having a say about their local hospital.....

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Court Orders of Justice Baynes - 10/15/2013

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Court Order of Judge Demarest - 10/08/2013

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9/12/2013 - judge baynes decision re: lich 13007/13

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9/12/2013 - judge baynes decision re: lich 5814/13

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9/2013 - suny Appeal of Judge Demarest Orders

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Judge Demarest Order re: LICH - 9/4/2013

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Court Order of Judge Demarest for 9/3/2013

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Court Decision of Judge Demarest - 8/20/2013

This morning Justice Demarest rescinded its 2011 orderapprovingtransfer of assets from LICH to SUNY and revoked its prior approval of the transfer of LICH’s assets.  She has called a conference for Thursday morning “to address the orderly and expeditious return of assets to LICH and the future operation of LICH as a hospital.”

 

 

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Justice Baynes Court Order - 8/16/13

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Appellate Court Decision 7/23/13

BILL DE BLASIO, INDIVIDUALLY, AND IN HIS CAPACITY AS
PUBLIC ADVOCATE OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK

Petitioner,
For a Judbment Pursuant to Article 78 of the Civil Practice Law and Rules,
-against-
STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK, TRUSTEES OF STATE
UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK, AND NEW YORK STATE
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, AND NIRA.V R. SHAH, as Commissioner
of the New York State Department of Health,
Respondents.........

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Alarming effects of closing LICH

Red shows driving distance to nearest hospital
before and after.  

They were prepared by Bill de Blasio's office and presented today to press and community.

 

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Temporary Restraining Order

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Temporary Restraining Order

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Order of Judge Demarest to SUNY re: LICH finances" - June 27, 2013
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Letter from Dr. Lucchesi to LICH Physicians" - -June 27, 2013

TO: Members of the LICH Medical Staff

Please see attached letter relative to update on Hospital Admissions @ LICH


Transcript of Supreme Court Hearing - 6/19/13

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Justice Baynes decision this week

PRESENT:
Hon. Johnny Lee Baynes,
Justice
At lAS Part_ of the Supreme
Court ofthe State of New York, held
in and for the County of Kings,
at 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, New
York on the __ day of June,
2013.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT THE PURPOSE OF THIS HEARING IS TO PUNISH
THE ACCUSED, DEFENDANTS STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK, TRUSTEES
OF STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK, STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK
DOWNSTATE MEDICAL CENTER, STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK
DOWNSTATE MEDICAL CENTER COUNCIL AND JOHN F. WILLIAMS, MD, IN HIS
CAPACITY AS PRESIDENT OF STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK DOWNSTATE
MEDICAL CENTER FOR A CONTEMPT OF COURT AND SUCH PUNISHMENT
MAY CONSIST OF A FINE OR IMPRISONMENT, OR BOTH, ACCORDING TO LAW.
WARNING:
YOUR FAILURE TO APPEAR IN COURT
MAY RESULT IN YOUR IMMEDIATE
ARREST AND IMPRISONMENT FOR
CONTEMPT OF COURT

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LICH ASSETS SOLD TO DOWNSTATE - 2011

SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
COUNTY OF KINGS
In the Matter of the Application of
THE LONG ISLAND COLLEGE HOSPITAL
For an Order Approving the Sale of the
Assets of The Long Island College Hospital,
pursuant to Sections 510 and 511 of the
Not-for-Profit Corporation Law.
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WHEREAS, Petitioner, The Long Island College Hospital, filed a. petition for relief under
Section 510 and 511 of the Not-for-Profit Corporation Law verified. on April 20, 2011;
and,

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othmer monies and downstate

SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
COUNTY OF KINGS
In the Matter of the Application of
THE LONG ISLAND COLLEGE HOSPITAL

 

 

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SUNY Issues Formal Request for Information Regarding Long Island College Hospital
May 01, 2013

Untitled Document

Albany — The State University of New York today issued a public Request for Information (RFI) to formally solicit interest from hospital operators, healthcare providers, and qualified parties who could provide health care services, including operation of an acute care hospital, at or around the Long Island College Hospital (LICH) site in Brooklyn.

SUNY issued this RFI to parties for the following:

  • Operation of health care facilities or services on the campus or in the community around the Long Island College Hospital
  • Development of the LICH campus for beneficial community purposes that may support health care services in the community
  • Provision of economic development in the neighborhood that may support health care services in the community
  • Other creative purposes that can be beneficial to the community including support of health care services in the community

Any expression of interest must include operation of a health care facility or health services at or near the LICH campus, consistent with the health care needs of the community.

SUNY is required by law to develop a sustainability plan for Downstate Medical Center by June 1, 2013 and, with the approval of the New York Department of Health and the New York Office of Budget, to begin implementation on June 15, 2013. The information received from the RFI may be used in that plan.

Additional information on the RFI is available at: http://www.suny.edu/hospitals/downstate/.


About the State University
of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating approximately 468,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and certificate programs, and more than 1.8 million NYS citizens in professional development and personal enrichment programs, on 64 college and university campuses. There are nearly 3 million SUNY alumni worldwide. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu.

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WHERE IS $140,000,000 THAT DONALD AND MILDRED OTHMER BEQEATHED TO LONG ISLAND COLLEGE HOSPITAL?

WHERE IS $140,000,000 THAT DONALD AND MILDRED OTHMER BEQEATHED TO LONG ISLAND COLLEGE HOSPITAL?   
(Note:  King's County Surrogate's Court documents referred to here are from Files # 5101/95 and #1686/98; copies are available on the Concerned Physicians for LICH website  - lichmedicalstaff.org)

1.Brooklyn Heights residents Dr. Donald and Mildred Othmer, upon their deaths in 1995 and 1998, bequeathed approximately $140 million to Long Island College Hospital (LICH), most of it to go to the Othmer Endowment Fund for the benefit of LICH , with the principal to be held in perpetuity and the income used for LICH.

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Testament of Donald F. Othmer (April 5, 2000)

 

 

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Estate of Donald F. Othmer and Mildred Topp Othmer (Feb.8, 2006)

 

 

 

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Testament (Jan. 24, 2006)

 

 

 

 

 

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The Estate of Donald F. Othmer (May 30, 2000)

 

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The Estate of Mildred Othmer (May 19, 2006)

 

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MEMORANDUM of Law (Feb.6, 2006)

 

 

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NY State Supreme Court decision - April 1, 2013

 

 

 

 

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Financial Condition and Outlook - added March 22, 2013
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Advocacy Strategy for SUNY Hospitals - March 20, 2013
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SUNY "vision" for future of Brooklyn healtcare" - March 18, 2013
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Resolution of SUNY Board of Regents for Meeting of March 19, 2013
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SUNY Vote to Close LICH Ruled Unlawful- 3/14/2013
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Court rules in favor of LICH - 3/14/2013
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LONG ISLAND COLLEGE HOSPITAL - Fact Sheet
Long Island College Hospital was founded in 1858, 150 years ago, as a hospital and medical school. It introduced the practice of bedside teaching in the U.S., and was the first American hospital to use stethoscopes and anesthesia.
LICH remained the Medical School until the 1950’s, when it became part of the State University and classroom activities were moved to Downstate Medical Center. Until now, LICH has maintained its reputation as a premier Brooklyn community hospital with a strong academic/teaching hospital affiliation.
Recent LICH history
• In 1998, the LICH Board signed an affiliation agreement with Continuum Health Partners (CHP) in an effort to benefit financially from common purchasing and negotiations with insurance companies. As part of this agreement, CHP promised to provide $15 million to LICH for primary care development. LICH never received these funds.
• In 1999, Donald and Mildred Othmer donated $140 million to LICH, the Othmer Bequest. CHP claimed that most was been used for LICH projects, but never provided reasonable accounting to show it.
• CHP also sold off $50 million in LICH real estate without reasonable accounting.
• In 2005, because of the ongoing diversion of funds and resources from LICH to CHP facilities in Manhattan, and the resulting gradual deterioration of LICH, the Medical Staff decided to retain legal counsel.
• In January 2008, the LICH Medical Staff filed official complaints with the NY State Department of Health and the NY State Attorney General, documenting the illegal maneuvers by CHP to take over control of LICH.
• In September 2008 the LICH Medical Staff submitted a detailed restructuring plan to the NY State Health Department that proposed severing all ties to CHP and returning LICH to financial health and local Brooklyn control without closing any services - this plan was ultimately rejected by the NY State Dept of Health.
• In February 2011, after an extended period of proposals and counter-proposals, NY State provided funds to keep LICH open and transfer LICH from CHP to Downstate Medical Center (DMC) - as part of the deal, DMC was going to revitalize LICH.
• February 2013 - 2 years later, and DMC has done nothing to revitalize LICH, with no business plan for LICH since early 2012 - SUNY Board announces plan to close LICH and submits recommendation to NYS DOH.
• LICH family - physicians, nurses, employees and elected officials - are stunned and fight back.

Elected officials and community leaders have joined in an effort to stop CHP and its apparent effort to close LICH completely.

We need your support –
Contact your local elected officials and community leaders-
Let them know that LICH must survive!

LICH Summary Briefing Document - October 2008

Problems and Solutions

The Medical Executive Committee of the Organized Medical Staff of
Long Island College Hospital
Strategic Programs, LLC
Arnold & Porter LLP

October 2008

LICH Medical Staff Restructure Plan
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LICH To Sell Buildings, Cut Bed Capacity, Close Obstetrics

Restructuring Cites Huge LICH Debt, Financial Drain of Malpractice Insurance
$30 MILLION IN THE HOLE ANNUALLY’
By Dennis Holt
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
COBBLE HILL -- Providing a background of grim financial numbers, the leadership of Long Island College Hospital announced today that it would completely close its obstetrical services and probably cut in half its bed capacity from 500 to 250.
These significant measures are being taken, said Stanley Brezenoff, CEO of Continuum Partners, to “make sure that there can be another 150 years of life in Long Island College Hospital added to its past.”
In closing obstetrics, Brezenoff noted that this service is a huge money drain for LICH. In 2007, this service accounted for about one third, or $11 million of LICH's losses. Also OB malpractice accounted for $8.8 million of the total $22 million in malpractice insurance costs. But all this accounted for only about 12 percent of its patient base.
Only days after announcing the appointment of Dominick Stanzione as interim president of LICH and “chief restructuring officer,” a press conference was held at LICH to announce these decisions and to suggest that others could be forthcoming.
Continuum has already held discussions with the New York Department of Health on steps it plans to make and will make a formal proposal on it soon. Discussions have also been held with the two main government entities holding most of the hospital’s debt.
One of the many “bottom lines” discussed was the reality that LICH continues to spend about $30 million a year more than it takes in. Last year, its revenues were about $300 million.
Brezenoff put it simply: “We have to cut losses and raise revenues so that we can pay off the debt which is about $170 million. Debt service is about $22 million per year.”
One of the ways to “raise revenues” is to sell off excess property. Specifically, two properties were mentioned -- the Polhemus building and 97 Amity St., both on opposite sides of Amity Street on the corner of Henry Street.
Other properties that might evolve into surplus space were not mentioned, and guesses were said to be premature.
The kind of financial numbers made public Wednesday were unusual, but were released to make understandable the financial problems of the hospital, which Brezenoff said “cannot continue indefinately.”
He noted, for example, that the 2008 budget factored in a debt of $8 million, but after the first six months, that number was running at a $16 million level. The announcement of its preliminary plans was prompted by these growing numbers and by the widespread speculation that Continuum might try to close the hospital.
Confidence was expressed repeatedly that getting the financial houses in order would lead to a "better Long Island College Hospital."
Brezenoff also repeatedly made clear that monies from all real estate transactions would go to retire the debt and all cost savings applied to LICH.
Brezenoff also made clear that Continuum has chosen the path of internal improvements, corrections, and restructuring over declaring bankruptcy, which other hospitals, such as Brooklyn Hospital, have followed.
In June, a group of doctors led by Dr. Arnold Licht, president of the LICH medical staff, held a press conference accusing Continuum of financial mismanagement. They said that their parent company was taking money out of LICH and concentrating on its Manhattan hospitals, such as Beth Israel and St. Luke’s-Roosevelt. They also called for a locally chosen, independent board separate from Continuum’s.

Long Island College Hospital's maternity ward might soon be closing

Brooklyn hospital closing maternity ward
NEW YORK - Long Island College Hospital's maternity ward might soon be closing.
July 31, 2008

The president of Continuum Health Partners, the Brooklyn hospital's parent company, says the building that houses the ward and a second building will be sold to pay off $170 million in debt.
State health officials must first approve the plan.
The company says delivering babies is the hospital's biggest money loser because of low reimbursement rates and high premiums for malpractice insurance.
Critics say closing the ward is shortsighted because obstetrical services are a portal into the hospital.
They accuse hospital's parent company of draining it to support its more prestigious holdings in Manhattan, Beth Israel Medical Center and St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center.
Hospital officials deny the accusations.

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