BROOKLYN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The State University of New York is holding off on fully closing Long Island College Hospital while it negotiates a sale of the facility.
LICH had been set to close down Thursday morning, but SUNY said Wednesday the hospital will continue to provide walk-in emergency services “in an effort of good faith” while a deal is finalized.READ MORE: Times Square Shooting: Intense Manhunt For Suspect; Sources Say Police Locate Discarded Clothes Nearby Scene
The hospital stopped accepting 911 ambulances to its emergency room last week as the first phase of the shutdown.
LICH was scheduled to fully close after a deal between SUNY and the initial top bidder, Brooklyn Health Partners, fell apart earlier this month.
SUNY said it is in talks with another bidder, but a full-service hospital is not in the plans.
A bidder offering $260 million said it would keep the emergency department and provide outpatient care including cancer treatment, office-based surgeries and dental, pediatric and geriatric services.READ MORE: New York Weather: Sunday 5/9 Mother's Day Evening CBS2 Weather Headlines
A deal must be completed by early June.
State officials said the hospital has been losing an “unsustainable” $13 million a month.
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