Statement from Chancellor King on SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

April 19, 2024

"SUNY is committed to the Downstate Health Sciences University's mission of training the next generation of diverse, world-class medical professionals and scientists and delivering high-quality healthcare to Central Brooklyn. The state budget's historic investment in Downstate will allow this critical institution to fulfill this mission, grow outpatient healthcare services, and tackle systemic health inequities in the community we serve. Governor Hochul's leadership in delivering this unprecedented infusion of capital funding will also allow us to preserve some of the most vital inpatient services at Downstate while strengthening our partnerships with neighboring hospitals. SUNY is proud of our role in finding a solution to the crisis Downstate faces after decades of disinvestment, and working with our partners in government and the community to chart a better path forward. We thank Governor Hochul and the State legislature for recognizing the importance of this essential health sciences university. The newly-formed advisory board will be an invaluable partner in continuing SUNY's commitment to collaborating with the community and stakeholders on a reasonable, scalable, and fiscally responsible plan for the financial health, viability, and sustainability of SUNY Downstate within a set dollar amount."

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