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LICH settlement agreement announced

ALBANY - Governor Andrew Cuomo, SUNY Chairman H. Carl McCall, and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a settlement agreement with the parties involved in the Long Island College Hospital litigation that ends all pending and future litigation and allows SUNY to exit operations of the facility no later than May 2014 without interference, while providing an agreed upon process to deliver a viable long-term health care solution for the community.

The agreement resolves all outstanding issues regarding the selection process for a new provider for health care services in the LICH community. The community and elected officials have agreed to participate under an expedited RFP submission process, followed by a seven day selection period. The agreement requires court approval.

“Today’s agreement is a victory for all parties involved and paves the way for putting a long-term, sustainable health care facility in place for the residents of Brooklyn,” Governor Cuomo said. “We are in the midst of a health care transformation here in New York State, and the reality is that yesterday’s costly, inefficient models of delivering service are no longer viable options for tomorrow. Under the terms of today’s agreement, SUNY is reopening the solicitation process to find a new operator for LICH that will guide the facility as it modernizes and continues its important mission of serving New Yorkers.”

With unsustainable losses of $13 million a month, liabilities in excess of half a billion dollars, and endless and costly litigation, SUNY determined that this agreement was the only course to protect students and SUNY campuses across the State of New York from continued exposure to the mounting fiscal crisis at LICH. SUNY has fought from the beginning to preserve health care services in the community and this agreement achieves that goal with the full support of all stakeholders.

SUNY has received strong proposals in the previous solicitation that have the broad support from elected officials and many community and religious groups. SUNY thanks all of these individuals and the groups they represent for their support and urges them to continue to take part in this process.

Previous qualified bidders are also strongly encouraged to resubmit their proposals.