Statement from SUNY Board Chairman H. Carl McCall on Signed Agreement Doubling Health Care Services at the LICH Site

October 9, 2014

“Throughout this process SUNY has fought for two things; ensuring the final agreement included long term, quality, and robust health care services for the community and protecting students, campuses, and taxpayers from devastating financial losses. Today we have accomplished both.

“We now have a signed agreement among the parties that more than doubles the initially proposed space for health care services from 65,000 square feet to 135,000 square feet.  This includes the construction of a new state-of-the-art facility and a total private investment by NYU Langone Medical Center of $175 million. This significant expansion and commitment to Cobble Hill patients was negotiated by SUNY in recognition of the need for greater services in the community.

“Our immediate next steps are to obtain the required approval by the Office of the Attorney General and the Office of the State Comptroller, after which time NYU Langone Medical Center will assume operation of the Emergency Department, a facility in which they have already invested millions of dollars to upgrade and modernize. NYU Langone Medical Center is committed to resuming ambulance service and is expected to employ approximately 400 people once the project is complete.

“This is a tremendous outcome under any circumstance, but especially given the many roadblocks and difficulties we have faced trying to close the deal. SUNY will continue to work diligently to ensure a timely and smooth transition of the facility.”

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