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Fight Continues To Save Long Island College Hospital

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Health care advocates are continuing to fight to save a cash-strapped Brooklyn hospital.

Nurses, caregivers and patients are taking their battle to Albany as trustees decide the fate of Long Island College Hospital.

They will deliver a petition with 18,000 signatures, urging the State University of New York board to keep the facility open as a full service hospital.

LICH has been at the center of controversy for several months as the state struggles to decide the next steps for the Cobble Hill medical center which now only sees a trickle of patients.

Over the summer, Mayor Bill de Blasio — then public advocate — was among those arrested, protesting because they feared SUNY would close the hospital and sell the property.

Fortis Property Group has submitted plans to SUNY to change the hospital into an outpatient facility and turn a large part of the campus into luxury condos.

The developer has since teamed up with NYU Langone Medical Center to expand the medical component of their plan, CBS 2′s Janelle Burrell reported.

On Monday, nearby Brooklyn Hospital Center announced they have a competing proposal for the location which includes turning part of the property into affordable housing with an outpatient facility and an emergency room.

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