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Save Our Hospital! Brooklyn community rallies to rescue institution from closure

Posted at 7:41 PM, Jan 25, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-25 19:41:11-05

Whether you’re the patient, the doctor, the nurse, the local resident or local politician — nobody likes losing a hospital and together they protested outside Friday.

In an age, when everyone is paying more for health insurance, Long Island College Hospital in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn faces a deficit.

Dr. John Romanelli of LICH told PIX11 News only the more complex surgeries, like heart surgeries, pay hospitals well.

And LICH has lost a lot of high-end talent, taking the complex surgeries with them and leaving the small jobs that don’t pay well enough behind.

In less than two weeks, SUNY Downstate, which owns and operates this hospital, will vote whether to close it down.

It doesn’t look good for the hospital, though, and that means residents like father of four Daniel Arbeeny will have to travel some distance even in an emergency.