Crain's Health Pulse
October 1, 2014
North Shore-LIJ Chief Would Have Reopened LICH By Now
Michael Dowling, chief executive of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, called the ongoing debacle at Long Island College Hospital a missed opportunity for a second Lenox Hill HealthPlex, the standalone emergency department that NS-LIJ opened in July.
“If we had been allowed to move forward and not get caught up with all the crap, we would have [LICH] up and running by now. But you got union politics, local politics; you got the judges; you got SUNY,” Mr. Dowling said in an interview yesterday with Crain’s.
His system was No. 2 in line to take over LICH, but the deal fell through in May when its partner, the Peebles Corp., could not agree on terms with SUNY. Mr. Dowling touted the success of Lenox Hill HealthPlex, on the site of the former St. Vincent’s Hospital in Greenwich Village, as an example of what LICH could have been. HealthPlex has seen 100 patients a day since the summer, more than double the volume NS-LIJ projected. Fitch Ratings cited the facility’s success in a recent upgrade of NS-LIJ’s debt to A from A-. It was “our idea to do something like that, because you don’t need a big hospital there,” Mr. Dowling said.
NS-LIJ would likely have fared better with NYSNA, which represents a portion of the system’s nurses, as does 1199 SEIU and the New York Professional Nurses Union. Nurses at North Shore University Hospital and LIJ Medical Center are not unionized.
The health system does not currently have a presence in Brooklyn.