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File #: Res 0071-2014    Version: * Name: SUNY and DOH to work with stakeholders to keep SUNY Downstate Medical Center open as a leading public medical institution.
Type: Resolution Status: Filed (End of Session)
Committee: Committee on Health
On agenda: 2/26/2014
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling on the State University of New York ("SUNY") and the New York State Department of Health ("DOH") to work with stakeholders to keep SUNY Downstate Medical Center open as a leading public medical institution and to preserve the essential health care services the hospital provides.
Sponsors: Jumaane D. Williams
Council Member Sponsors: 1
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
12/31/2017*Jumaane D. Williams City Council Filed (End of Session)  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/26/2014*Jumaane D. Williams City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/26/2014*Jumaane D. Williams City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Res. No. 71
 
 
Resolution calling on the State University of New York ("SUNY") and the New York State Department of Health ("DOH") to work with stakeholders to keep SUNY Downstate Medical Center open as a leading public medical institution and to preserve the essential health care services the hospital provides.
 
 
 By Council Member Williams
            Whereas, All of the facilities under the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center ("SUNY Downstate") are a critical part of the Brooklyn healthcare system; and
           Whereas, SUNY Downstate has been one of the nation's leading urban medical teaching facilities since approximately 1860; and
Whereas, As the only academic medical center in Brooklyn and the fourth largest employer in Brooklyn, SUNY Downstate employs about 8,000 faculty and staff members, educates over 1,700 students and serves a population of more than 2 million New Yorkers; and
      Whereas, SUNY Downstate provides over 1,000 medical residents to 23 affiliated hospitals; and
Whereas, SUNY Downstate educates more New York City and minority physicians than any hospital in the region and must stay open in order to address the City's growing shortage of primary care physicians; and
Whereas, The quality of SUNY Downstate's program was recognized with the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize in Medicine to Dr. Robert F. Furchgott in 1998; and
Whereas, More recently, on November 28, 2012, the State University of New York Board of Trustees appointed two Downstate faculty members to distinguished ranks, the highest system-wide honor conferred upon SUNY professors; and
Whereas, In addition, on that same day, six additional Downstate faculty and staff members were honored with Chancellor's Awards for Excellence; and
Whereas, According to SUNY Downstate, for every dollar invested in the institution, $12 are returned to the local economy; and
Whereas, According to a January 2013 New York State Comptroller Audit, "absent other actions or plans to increase revenue or limit expenses, the Hospital will not have sufficient cash to meet its liabilities, possibly as early as May 2013"; and
Whereas, As of February 2014, SUNY Downstate had laid off 500 employees at University Hospital of Brooklyn and is losing $15 million per month at Long Island College Hospital, whose fate has been in limbo since spring 2013; now, therefore, be it
          Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls on the State University of New York ("SUNY") and the New York State Department of Health ("DOH") to work with stakeholders to keep SUNY Downstate Medical Center open as a leading public medical institution and to preserve the essential health care services the hospital provides.
CP
LS 166/2014
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