An Important Message Regarding SUNY Downstate’s Long Island College Hospital

May 16, 2014

Brooklyn, NY – As mandated by the stipulation and order and in accordance with New York State Department of Health regulations and approved closure plan of the Long Island College Hospital campus of SUNY Downstate Medical Center, the following will commence to comply with the closure plan and to ensure patient safety and quality:

Emergency Services:  Long Island College Hospital is no longer accepting 911 ambulances to the Emergency Department as of Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 7 AM. When 911 is called, the Emergency Medical Services division of the Fire Department of New York will take patients by ambulance to other area hospitals.  Walk-in patients to LICH will receive medical screening and stabilizing treatment until Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 7 AM.  If further care is needed, patients will be transferred to another hospital in the immediate area.

Patient Admissions:  All patients in the Hospital on May 22, 2014 will be discharged as appropriate or transferred to another hospital, long term care facility, or specialty hospital with their consent.

Outpatient Services:    All outpatient clinic services will close on May 22, 2014. Appointments after May 21, 2014 will need to be rescheduled.

Patients requiring their medical records should call (718) 780-4632, 4642, or 4643.

Patients are urged to contact their managed care and insurance plans prior to choosing a new provider of services.  During this transition of care, all efforts are being made to assist patients in obtaining convenient and quality services.  For information, patients should call (718) 780-1545.


About SUNY Downstate Medical Center

SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, College of Nursing, School of Health Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, School of Public Health, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and a multifaceted biotechnology initiative including the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT for early-stage and more mature companies, respectively.

SUNY Downstate ranks twelfth nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools. More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.