It's being called a "spiral downwards" as layoffs take place at Downtown Brooklyn's Long Island College Hospital.
Continuum Health Partners, the parent company of LICH, announced that a hundred staffers were being given pink slips, the latest development in a meltdown that has been forecast for weeks.
Meanwhile, doctors, activists and elected officials are accusing Continuum Health Partners of favoring their Manhattan holdings over the Brooklyn hospital, which has been a presence in the borough for 150 years.
LICH doctors have asked the state to investigate Continuum, saying it drains resources from LICH and steers them to four Manhattan hospitals.
Said Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz recently, "We want them to pour the same resources into LICH as they do into their Manhattan-based hospitals."
Markowitz [at microphone in above photo] said Continuum plans to shut down facilities, opening some of the property up for sale, a possibility that "smacks of crass real estate speculation."
One of the hospital's past medical staff presidents, Dr. Toomas Sorra, said that the notable drop in patients admissions is a result of "attrition by neglect" by Continuum.
"It's a spiral downwards, and it has to be stopped."
Continuum maintains the drop is because of a falloff in Medicaid payments to patients.
--See Crain's New York article.