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This is so exciting:
SUNY Downstate, the operator of Long Island College Hospital (LICH), has been trying to close the hospital since February, even though the local community relies upon it for emergency care. But now, less than a week after Judge Johnny Lee Baynes of the New York Supreme Court ruled that must restore services to their July 19 level, Judge Carolyn Demarest has vacated her May 2011 order that approved the transfer of LICH's assets to SUNY in the first place. SUNY, according to Demarest, was not truly committed to operating the hospital and did not hold up its end of the bargain.
The fight to save LICH is definitely not over, and it's not the only endangered hospital in New York City, as Sarah Jaffe reminds us in the same piece. But this is a big win.

And more:

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  • Annals of wage theft:
    Emeritus Senior Living, the country’s largest assisted living company, has agreed to pay up to $2.2 million to settle claims that it routinely underpaid workers at dozens of its California facilities.

    Hands-on workers at Emeritus facilities – the non-salaried aides and support staff who statewide help care for hundreds of often frail seniors – alleged in a lawsuit that the company had not only shortchanged them in their pay, but also violated state laws concerning mandated meal times and rest periods. Workers were denied overtime and not properly compensated for days during which they underwent training sessions, according to the lawsuit.

  • Americans like teachers, oppose using standardized tests to evaluate teachers.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 03:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions.

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  •  It seems like only the huge teaching hospitals (1+ / 0-)
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    like Cornell-Weill, Columbia-Presbyterian and NY Hospital-NYU will be around in a few years. It pretty much feels like that now. But this only works if either they increase their beds or fewer people get sick. How likely is that?

    Where do sick people without means go now?

    •  A good suggestions during the Mayoral debate (2+ / 0-)
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      kovie, ER Doc

      was to form a citywide or even borough by borough commission to rationalize hospitals - i think Albanese and Thompson mentioned this.

      when I last looked (a couple years ago) HHC actually had the most beds

      all the developers/Republicans (and Bloomberg) point to the Berger commission report downloadable here

      which just says there are too many hospital beds in NYC.
      Hospital stays are shorter than 50 years ago and insurance companies push very hard to get people out of them fast

      But now  - after 12 hospital closings under Bloomberg - 30% of the beds are within a mile of ....Bloomberg's house!

      Bloomberg had no plan other than starving the weak, like a Roman general with a lame son. particularly Saint Vincents which he let go the lowest bidder (the only bidder, in fact) at the absolute bottom of the market.

      I suspect a lot of the remaining hospitals could be saved if they were downsized some. A fair commission could spread the beds around.  

      •  My sister died in St. Vincent's half a year (0+ / 0-)

        before it closed, possibly in part due to inadequate facilities, staff, training and equipment. So this is personal to me.

        •  Vinnies was run into the ground (1+ / 0-)
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          I'm sorry about your poor sister.  It was poorly managed.

          Of course even spanking new hospitals can be run badly.  My dad came home from one (in Florida) with gangrenous toes.  He wasn't in good shape at that point.  This didn't help.  

          He was there a couple weeks; doctors saw him for 10 seconds a day.  Nurses just didn't pay attention. He wasn't robust enough to get around much and with diabetes, he already had limited feeling.  

          Though I think protocol in some hospitals now calls for inspection of extremities.

          My limited experiences (in the ER) at St Vincent were the usual - nice people crazy paperwork.  Very sad.  I remember walking past on 9/12 ...

  •  Great story about LICH! n/t (0+ / 0-)

    -7.25, -6.26

    We are men of action; lies do not become us.

    by ER Doc on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 02:09:26 AM PDT

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