SUNY Statement On Downstate Medical Center & Long Island College Hospital

March 19, 2013

"The Board of Trustees today took the difficult but necessary step of supporting the decision to close Long Island College Hospital. This is the latest of many actions needed to stabilize the finances of Downstate Medical Center and preserve its 8,000 jobs and Brooklyn's only medical school.

"We commend Dr. John Williams and his team at Downstate Medical for their commitment to preserving and ultimately strengthening this hidden jewel of the SUNY system, which is so critical to educating our doctors and other medical professionals, and treating Brooklyn's residents.

"What we need now is for our state's leaders to show the same strong commitment - not just to Downstate Medical Center but to all of SUNY's medical schools and hospitals."

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