SUNY Downstate Medical Center Adds Second Teaching Campus
In October 2010, Governor David A. Paterson awarded a $40 million state grant to support a merger of SUNY Downstate Medical Hospital and Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in Brooklyn.
As a result of the merger, LICH becomes a second campus of SUNY Downstate and the hospital is able to expand its capacity to meet the expected growth in demand for inpatient services and specialized care. SUNY Downstate will retain its teaching slots for its students and residents and also bring its bed count in line with those of other academic medical centers. It is expected that the merger of the two institutions will create long-term sustainability and significant financial improvement for both facilities.
SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher said, "This agreement enhances the academic mission of SUNY Downstate and highlights the contributions that the SUNY System makes to the people of New York State. Nowhere is The Power of SUNY more evident than right here in Brooklyn, where Downstate and its partners are providing education, clinical care, research breakthroughs, and employment to the people of the region."