BP MARKOWITZ APPLAUDS HEALTH CARE VICTORY AS COMMUNITY EFFORTS LEAD TO STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH’S DECISION TO PRESERVE OBSTETRICS, NEONATAL AND PEDIATRIC SERVICES AT LONG ISLAND COLLEGE HOSPITAL
“I applaud Governor Paterson and the New York State Department of Health for responding to the cry of the residents of the LICH catchment area to preserve the absolutely necessary services that have been offered by this hospital for generations and are vital to the health of our borough.
This could not have happened without the hard work of dedicated community residents and elected officials, as well as concerned LICH physicians and staff, who have all come together to form a very powerful and persuasive advocacy team.
As we have said from the start, closing Long Island College Hospital is not an option.
My office will continue to monitor the situation. We will continue to convene our stakeholder’s group and be vigilant in our advocacy efforts in the days ahead.
This is a solid first step as we move ahead with the real work of ensuring that LICH will remain a full-service hospital in this growing community for all the years to come.”