This summer, many Brooklyn residents were shocked to hear of news that Long Island College Hospital asked the New York State Department of Health for permission to close its maternity ward. According to Continuum Health Partners, LICH‘s parent company, the maternity ward is costly due to low reimbursement rates and high malpractice costs. The hospital is in severe financial duress and closing the maternity ward could possibly save the hospital from going into bankruptcy.
This August, Assemblywoman Millman joined elected officials, community leaders and LICH staff in publicly calling for a reversal of the decision to close the maternity ward. While maternity wards are not usually as profitable as other hospital departments, they provide a critical service to the community.
"I am deeply concerned about the possible closing of Long Island College Hospital's maternity ward," stated Assemblywoman Millman. "It sets a dangerous precedent for closing any unprofitable department with little regard to the actual needs of the community. I know the State Department of Health will work with Continuum Health Partners to explore every option to ensure LICH remains a full-service neighborhood hospital."
Please call 212-298-5565 to reserve a spot on the additional free shuttle to Fairway Market.
WHEN: Every other Tuesday at 10:00 am
WHERE: Concord Village in front of 215 Adams Street
WHAT: Free round-trip shuttle to Fairway Market in Red Hook
The shuttle which runs from the Eileen Dugan Sr. Center and the St. Charles Jubilee Sr. Center every other Thursday will also continue through the fall. Call 718-246-4889 to reserve a spot on this shuttle.
On August 23rd, Assemblywoman Millman joined community members in remembering and reflecting on the life Nicholas Naquan Heyward Jr., who was tragically shot and killed at age 13. Heyward Jr. was shot by a housing cop while playing with friends in a stairwell at the Gowanus Houses in 1994.
"Every year we gather to mark what would have been Nicholas Heyward Jr.'s birthday, we ensure that no one forgets this awful event," said Millman. "It is heartening to see his family and friends and community members working together to ensure that this sort of tragedy isn't repeated."
Assemblywoman Millman provided state funding to the Nicholas Naquan Heyward, Jr. Foundation for the day of remembrance, which included games, arts and crafts, voter registration and food. In addition, there will be a candlelight vigil on September 27th at 6:00 pm at the corner of Baltic and Hoyt Streets.
One hot topic this summer has been the changes to alternate side parking regulations in Community Board Six. For several years, the Community Board has been working to reduce the frequency of street cleaning, citing studies that show this would have no negative impact on street cleanliness. Finally, alternate side parking has been reduced from fours days a week to two days a week and from three hour-long periods to hour and a half-long periods.
"It is my hope that the streets remain as clean as they were before these changes," stated Millman. "I thank all the car owners in Community Board Six for their patience."