SUNY Statement on LICH Decision

March 14, 2013

Albany– “We strongly disagree with the court’s interpretation of the events surrounding the Board of Trustees vote. The ruling hinges on a procedural technicality and does not question SUNY or Downstate's legal ability to seek closure for LICH. Since time is of the essence, next week the Board will re-consider the recommendation to submit a closure plan to the Department of Health. SUNY Downstate is in a financial crisis. We are working diligently to preserve medical education, high quality patient care, and thousands of jobs for the Brooklyn community. Inaction and the status quo are simply not an option if we have any chance of succeeding.”

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