I’m writing to you with incredible news. SUNY announced today that they are withdrawing their closure plan for Long Island College Hospital. That means LICH is staying open for care!
Earlier this week, SUNY submitted a letter to the New York City Council saying that they will expand their search for a new operator.
This victory shows the power that we have as nurses when we unite our voices to protect care for our patients!
Through rain, sleet, and snow, nurses have fought every day for the past six months to save Long Island College Hospital. And we won!
We built a powerful coalition of patients, caregivers, doctors and elected leaders and put the full force of our union into this fight.
Nurses braved many sleepless days and nights to get on buses to Albany, to Purchase, and to City Hall to make our voices heard.
We lobbied state and local officials and made sure everyone knew that we were a force to be reckoned with, and that we would do whatever it took to keep LICH open for care.
Many elected leaders joined our fight. And yesterday, the New York City Council voted unanimously to adopt a resolution in support of LICH. The resolution was sponsored by Brad Lander and Stephen Levin, with the support of Speaker Christine Quinn.
Many people told us that it would be impossible to save our hospital. They were wrong.
We are so grateful to everyone who has worked to keep LICH open: The caregivers of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, Concerned Physicians for LICH, Governor Cuomo, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Borough President Marty Markowitz, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly members Joan Millman and Dick Gottfried, NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, District Leader Jo Anne Simon, and City Council members Brad Lander, Stephen Levin, Letitia James, and Maria Carmen del Arroyo – among many more.
The campaign to save LICH has been powered by a diverse coalition of community groups, including New York Communities for Change, the Commission on the Public's Health System, Save Our Safety Net Coalition, Red Hook Initiative, National Action Network and Rev. Al Sharpton, Brooklyn Heights Association, Cobble Hill Association, Carroll Gardens Association, Friends of Sunset Park, Willowtown Association, and many more.
And I especially want to thank each and every one of you for never giving up hope that we could win this fight.
This victory has paved the way for nurses to win more for our patients throughout the state of New York. Our voice is stronger and more united than ever.
Let’s use that momentum to win safe RN staffing in New York State!
Get on the bus on May 21 to Albany to to tell our lawmakers we need safe staffing ratios. CLICK HERE to sign up if you haven’t already. And spread the word to every nurse you know!
Thanks for everything you’ve done and continue to do! You inspire me every day.
Jill Furillo, RN
Executive Director, NYSNA
The New York State Nurses Association is the voice for hundreds of thousands of frontline nurses. We are New York’s largest union and professional association for registered nurses.