Statement from SUNY Board of Trustees Chairman H. Carl McCall

June 2, 2014

“We are making good progress with Fortis as we work toward achieving our goals of providing a long term health care solution for the community and protecting our students and campuses from continued financial losses.

“NYU Langone Medical Center has submitted to the Department of Health its Certificate of Need application. None of the prior parties who were in negotiation with SUNY took this important step. It is a tangible action and a clear sign of NYULMC’s intent to provide health care services at the LICH site under its own license in the very near future. According to the Fortis proposal, these services will include an emergency department that accepts ambulances, a comprehensive satellite of the nationally-recognized NYULMC cancer care center, dialysis, other primary and preventative care, and a broad array of specialty services including neurology, orthopedics, gastroenterology, and cardiology. Lutheran Family Health Centers would provide pediatric, dental, and behavioral health services. 

“SUNY continues to voluntarily provide services at the facility in a good faith effort to ensure continuity of care.

“The stipulation and order approved by Justice Johnny Lee Baynes provides the needed framework to complete this transaction, and SUNY will continue to comply with its terms.”

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