Agreement in Principle Reached between SUNY and Fortis for the Purchase of the LICH Complex and for NYU Langone Medical Center and Lutheran HealthCare to Provide World-Class Health Care

June 15, 2014

Agreement Subject to Final Contract Between Parties and Approval by SUNY Board of Trustees

Albany – The State University of New York today announced an agreement in principle with Fortis Property Group for the purchase of the former Long Island College Hospital (LICH) complex.

Under the agreement, there will be a seamless transition between SUNY and NYU Langone Medical Center to ensure continuous emergency medical services at LICH for the residents of Brooklyn as well as a guarantee to expand and diversify medical services offered to the Brooklyn community.

NYU Langone Medical Center's Certificate of Need application has been approved by the Department of Health, satisfying a major step in the regulatory process and expediting its ability to operate the emergency department under its own license. Additional Certificates of Need for an ambulatory surgery center and a Federally Qualified Health Center have been submitted.

The total sale price is $240 million plus additional funds to cover the full operating costs for SUNY to run the Emergency Department during the transition period and $5 million for a Community Foundation to address the ongoing healthcare needs of the community. The sale will be secured by a $24 million deposit, or 10 percent of the purchase price at contract.

The agreement in principle is subject to a final contract between the parties and approval by the SUNY Board of Trustees.

“Through the extraordinary efforts of many, including elected officials, SUNY leadership, Fortis, NYU Langone Medical Center, Lutheran HealthCare, and the court, particularly Judge Johnny Lee Baynes, the objectives set out in the stipulation and order and RFP have been met in principle through an agreement that guarantees continuity of emergency services and the delivery of diverse and world-class health care in Brooklyn,” said SUNY Communications Director David Doyle. “The deal begins the process of easing the tremendous financial burden being shouldered by students and campuses across the state. Longstanding litigation and losses at LICH appear to be nearly over, allowing vital public higher education resources to move from the courtroom to the classroom where they belong. SUNY remains committed to Brooklyn and will continue to stabilize Downstate, one of the most diverse academic medical centers in the country, the source for health care for thousands, and a leading provider of affordable medical education.”

To ensure that the future health care services are responsive to community needs, Fortis and NYU will establish a LICH Transformation Advisory Panel, a Clinical Advisory Panel and a Community Ombudsperson, and reserve additional space for the expansion of health care services and community space as determined by the assessment by the Transformation and Clinical Advisory panels.

Fortis has committed to construct a new state-of-the-art primary medical facility that will be subject to a 20-year deed restriction for medical use.

Per the Fortis / NYU proposal, the health care services to be provided or coordinated will include:

  • Free standing ED
  • Observation Beds
  • Urgent Care
  • Primary Care and Preventative
    • Dental
    • Pediatrics
    • Geriatric
    • OB/Gyn
    • Internal Medicine
  • Specialty Care
    • Cardiology
    • Gastroenterology
    • Orthopedics
    • Physiatry
    • Pulmonary
    • Urology
    • Rheumatology
    • Neurology
    • Rehabilitation /Physical Therapy
  • Full service satellite of NYU Langone Cancer Center/ a National Cancer Institute Cancer Center
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Office Based Surgery
    • GI Endoscopy
    • Bronchoscopy
    • Dermatology
  • Cardiac Health Diagnostic Center
  • Ambulatory Surgery
    • Orthopedics
    • Ear, Nose and Throat
    • Ophthalmology
    • Urology
    • Plastics
    • General Surgery
  • Behavioral Health
  • HIV Clinic

NYULMC and LHC will provide the community access to the following through other affiliations and partnerships:

  • Home Care
  • Long term Care
  • Dialysis


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