Joint Statement by Community, Patients, Nurses, Doctors, Caregivers on Tentative LICH Agreement

  • Eliza Bates, NYSNA, 917-565-2976
  • Amanda Torres Price, 1199SEIU, 917-886-9311
  • Jeff Strabone, Cobble Hill Association, 347-407-1012
  • Dr. Toomas Sorra, Concerned Physicians, 917-435-2672
Brooklyn, NY, February 21- The New York State Nurses Association, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, Concerned Physicians of LICH, Wyckoff Gardens Association, Cobble Hill Association, Brooklyn Heights Association, Riverside Tenants Association, Boerum Hill Association, and Patients for LICH released the following joint statement on the tentative agreement with SUNY regarding Long Island College Hospital: 
"Patients, nurses, caregivers, doctors, community groups, and elected leaders have stood united in our fight to save LICH.
"If it weren't for our movement, LICH would have closed long ago. 
"All along we've been calling for an open and transparent process that would give the community a voice in decisions that impact their care. 
"Our goal has always been to keep LICH open for care and to find a new operator. 
"We are pleased that after more than a year of rallies, marches, court hearings, and even arrests, we have reached a tentative agreement with SUNY on a new process that we believe has the best chance of LICH remaining a hospital and which we hope will lead to the best possible outcome for the patients served by LICH."


The New York State Nurses Association is a union of 42,000 frontline nurses united together for strength at work, our practice, safe staffing, and healthcare for all. We are New York's largest union and professional association for registered nurses.