SUNY Downstate Medical Center, which said it would close the hospital to save money, has withdrawn its plan in a surprise move that delighted hospital staff, unions and community groups. The announcement comes after weeks of protest.
“We are encouraged by SUNY’s decision to withdraw the closure plan,” said Toomas Sorra, MD, President of Concerned Physicians of LICH in a written statement. “We are committed to the restoration and improvement of services at LICH, and we will remain vigilant in our efforts to ensure that SUNY fulfills its obligation to maintain services and departments at the levels in place prior to the submission of the closure plan.”
LICH serves neighborhoods across Brooklyn, including Cobble Hill, Red Hook and Gowanus.
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