SUNY Downstate Medical Center Won't Close Hospitals
By: Brenda Stokes
on Wednesday, May 09, 2012
The SUNY Downstate Medical Center has to reassess its finances in order to cut costs. Unfortunately, this means numerous layoffs for unionized workers, though they assure that this will not result in any hospitals closing.
Cuts to reimbursement have been the biggest problem behind the need for reorganization. SUNY has taken over the Long Island College Hospital in Cobble Hill along with some space from the Victory Memorial Hospital.
Thanks to a report from the Medicaid Redesign Team, Downstate will need to consolidate inpatient services at the Long Island College Hospital, since so many beds are left empty. The inpatient area at the university hospital is much too small for how many patients it must serve, as well. Even though the report suggested that some hospitals close, Downstate refused and will cut costs on labor in order to keep all facilities open.