It is Saint Vincent's all over again in a way, especially now that the Quinn woman has voiced her opinions.
The courts/judge can do whatever he likes but in the end the handwriting is on the wall, sooner or later LICH or Downstate Flatbush are going to close. SUNY just does not have the funds to keep both running and each are bleeding millions of dollars per week in red ink. Maybe shedding Victory Memorial in Bayridge could help, but havent' looked at those numbers.
According to the latest NYS numbers LICH had the lowest inpatient bed occupancy rate of all the hospitals in Brooklyn. Coming in dead last behind such places as Wyckoff, Interfaith, and Brooklyn hospitals.
Again like Saint Vincent's the local population of the LICH area simply by large margins choose to go elsewhere for care, usually into Manhattan or Long Island. No one has come up with a plan to reverse that trend, and many do not think it is possible.
IIRC NYP and Mount Sinai have or are looking to open ACS right in LICH's backyard.That is the biggest salvo in the latest healthcare wars. Instead of opening full service hospitals to compete, healthcare networks are opening physican group practices and ambulatory /urgent care centers. Such facilities are cheaper to build, staff and manage than full service hospitals and serve to direct patients back to the "mother facility" for major care that cannot be provided in an outpatient setting.
The tragic car accident in Williamsburg last month that wiped out that young Jewish couple and their baby shows this story; they were going *into* Manhattan for delivery of the child.