Statement from Communications Director David Doyle

May 19, 2014

“Following the process agreed to by the court, over the past several weeks, including working throughout the weekend, SUNY has engaged in serious and increasingly productive negotiations with The Peebles Corporation to reach an agreement in the matter of the Long Island College Hospital. These discussions remain highly focused on how to provide uninterrupted bridge medical services for the community when SUNY exits under the court-approved order on May 22, 2014.

“The extensive efforts to ensure that the people of Cobble Hill have access to quality health care are matched only by SUNY’s fiduciary duty to our half million students, thousands of who are from neighborhoods across New York City. The simple fact is we cannot continue to expect our students to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to cover LICH’s financial losses.

“We will, therefore, continue to work until an agreement is reached‎.”

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