Long Island College Hospital to layoff 150 workers

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Dismissal comes year after SUNY Downstate takeover and as borough unemployment reaches 11 percent

By Amelia Rawlins

As part of the detrimental pattern of many Brooklyn hospitals, Cobble Hill’s Long Island College Hospital (LICH) gave 150 workers a 30-day layoff notice last Friday.

LICH has been part of the SUNY Downstate Medical Center since the spring of last year when Downstate acquired LICH from Continuum Health Partners. The LICH campus is now one of three clinical sites of the University Hospital of Brooklyn managed exclusively by SUNY Downstate.

“SUNY Downstate Medical Center is undergoing serious financial pressure,” said LICH spokesperson Zipporah Dvash. “The organization’s leadership—in partnership with SUNY Administration— is reviewing all operations and making the changes necessary to achieve financial stability while continuing to serve its mission of education and provide high quality, safe patient care services to the people of Brooklyn”

Dvash added that these changes are apart a review which ultimately determined that a reduction in force was necessary.
Dr. Ian Taylor, Officer-in-Charge of Downstate Medical Center, said that although the extent of the reduction is not yet known, we institution is making every effort to minimize the impact on the Downstate staff.

“While the precarious financial situation has forced these difficult decisions, I remain confident we will continue to provide outstanding care to our patients, education to our students and commitment to our research and surrounding communities throughout this process,” said Taylor.

As for the workers represented by 1199SEIU, representatives have confirmed the receipt of the 30-day notice and are currently in the process of meeting with management.

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