Statement from SUNY Director of Communications David Doyle on Long Island College Hospital

November 7, 2013

“Last night, because of a shortage of medical specialists, measures were taken in conjunction with FDNY to ensure that Long Island College Hospital did not receive patients beyond its capabilities.

“At the direction of the chancellor, SUNY is mustering resources as a short-term remedy, including using doctors from UHB and from other SUNY institutions across the state, with the goal of allowing for the safe and rapid resumption of BLS ambulances tomorrow.

“The day-to-day situation at LICH remains fluid and will continue to be until there is clear resolution of the many complicated issues involving the future of the facility. SUNY is making every possible effort to safely maintain current levels of service until such an agreement can be reached.

“In September, the hospital voluntarily agreed to partially restore ambulance-receiving status for basic medical cases brought by the FDNY. Because of the continuing absence of the appropriate medical personnel, at no time have we been accepting the most serious medical cases by ambulance. Those patients are urged to seek care at other facilities and will continue to be transferred in the interest of their safety and welfare.”

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