Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Best Emergency Room In Brooklyn This Week: Long Island College Hospital (LICH)

LICH ER: Clean, fully staffed, almost empty. Photo: MK Metz
If you have a health emergency, probably the best ER in Brooklyn this week belongs to Long Island College Hospital (LICH) at Atlantic Ave. and Hicks Street in Cobble Hill.

While SUNY Downstate, LICH's floundering overseer, is not letting ambulances drop patients off at the LICH emergency room, if you can walk in or take a car service you'll likely receive platinum-level care, because the ER is fully staffed but almost empty.

Meanwhile Brooklyn Hospital and other Brooklyn ERs are overflowing, with 36-hour or more wait times.

We walked in to LICH's ER yesterday (Monday) around 10:30 a.m., a time when the waiting room is usually filled with dozens of patients and relatives. But yesterday there were only three people waiting. The friendly receptionist wanted to know how she could help us and assured us there were plenty of doctors who could see us right away.

It's good to know LICH is still open, in spite of SUNY's illegal maneuvers. Maybe neighbors could rent a couple of ambulances to bring people living in LICH's area (Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, Red Hook, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, Downtown Brooklyn, Vinegar Hill and Williamsburg) to LICH in an emergency.

According to the Brooklyn Eagle, Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge Johnny Lee Baynes told LICH last week (in more polite language) to cut the crap. He said he might go so far as to appoint a special administrator or special master to oversee LICH, and he also might hold SUNY in contempt for not following an order he issued to keep staffing levels up at LICH.

- Judge warns SUNY: Special Administrator for LICH may be appointed  Brooklyn Eagle

- SUNY May Shut LICH Emergency Room Down Thursday McBrooklyn

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