SUNY Chancellor John B. King Jr. announced a plan Jan. 16 to make drastic changes in the structure and operation of SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University. SUNY’s plan would relegate this safety net hospital to a wing in Kings County Hospital Center. Other health care services performed at Downstate would be farmed out to other neighboring hospitals.

This plan will unequivocally result in the closure of SUNY Downstate. If there is no building, there is no hospital!

SUNY is calling its vision for Downstate a “transformation.” Nothing could be further from the truth. This ill-conceived plan is poor public policy, which will reduce health care in Brooklyn, undermine the hospital’s central mission and harm the Brooklyn communities it serves. Central Brooklyn’s residents need more quality health care, not less.


CODE RED: Brooklyn Needs Downstate

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Read more about what SUNY’s plan would mean for Downstate and the Brooklyn communities it serves. Find out about solutions to invest in this essential public teaching hospital.

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