Wednesday, January 29, 2014

How's the Food On 'The Roof' of Whole Foods? And More Brooklyn Briefs

- L Magazine describes the food at The Roof of Whole Foods in Gowanus. [The L Magazine]

- Jay-Z issues statement about selling his share of basketball team. [Pitchfork]

- Water pipes have beeen cracking in the recent deep freeze. [NBC]

- Check out this Groupon deal for the Fairfield Inn in Boerum Hill. [Groupon]

- Brooklyn artist creates incredible pastels of icebergs. [This Is Colossal]

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

January 29, 2014

Statement from Patients for LICH about the SUNY RFP Process

LICH patients and other community stakeholders are unwavering in our recognition of the need for a full-service hospital at LICH. Although SUNY’s prior RFI process elicited interest from would-be hospital operators, SUNY officials have indicated that no bidders came forward in the RFP process to operate a full-service hospital. We maintain that this process was flawed and misrepresented LICH finances, deterring hospital operators; hence, our insistence that the RFP process be fully reopened.

SUNY’s letter of January 28, 2014 to RFP respondents regarding opening the LICH RFP process for a few days and only to previous bidders ignores the concerns of
LICH patients and other stakeholders who have called for a new RFP process. The legality of this limited re-opening is questionable. It also belies SUNY officials' statements to their own Trustees, who have been told time and time again, in response to their questions in Trustee meetings, that the RFP process followed required state procedures and could not be re-opened.

SUNY's letter to RFP respondents proves that the RFP process can indeed be modified. We are asking SUNY and its Board of Trustees for the following modifications:

1. To open the RFP process to all interested parties.

2. To extend the process for a reasonable length of time in order to allow full-service hospital operators to apply.

3. To work with community stakeholders to revise the RFP priorities and evaluation criteria so as to attract full-service hospital operators rather than real estate developers. (In that regard, the letter is particularly egregious in stating that special consideration will be
given to groups that can get the money fast and do not need approvals.)

4. To specify that ‘additional interested parties’ to participate in the evaluation must be LICH stakeholders: patients; physicians, nurses, and other LICH employees; representatives of community organizations; and elected

In May 2011, when SUNY Downstate took over operation of LICH, the Attorney General's and NYS Supreme Court's approval of the transfer was premised on SUNY's maintaining LICH as a full-service, acute-care hospital. The court documents at that time – just over two and a half years ago – went into great detail on the need for and importance of a full-service hospital at LICH. That need is even greater today and into the future, given the growing population of our communities, as well as LICH's strategic location for disaster response.

Finally, we are not unmindful of current losses at LICH.
But those losses stem from SUNY officials' refusal to admit patients, closing departments including surgery, and removing the residency program, among other actions -- so the hospital currently has little income. The RFP process cannot be held hostage to SUNY's choice to incur these losses. The priority for the RFP evaluation must be our communities' long term health care needs.

Sue Raboy
Patients for LICH