(Long Island, NY)Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP representing Dr. Ingolf Holm-Andersen, Chief of Gastroenterology at Glen Cove Hospital, and a community coalition successfully argued to get Hon. Timothy Driscoll of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of Nassau to grant a full hearing this afternoon to keep Glen Cove Hospital open.
A dated view of Glen Cove Hospital. Image credit: Google Street Views.
The firm is seeking to obtain a Temporary Restraining Order against the North Shore – LIJ Health System (NSLIJ) to prevent closure of Glen Cove Hospital at midnight tonight. NSLIJ’s decision to convert Glen Cove Hospital into an ambulatory center and to stop operating as a full-hospital will have long-lasting, devastating effects to the residents of Northern Nassau County.
This legal effort has the support of Assemblyman Charles Lavine, the sponsor of an Assembly Bill similar to one sponsored by Senator Carl Marcellino in the New York State Senate (bills numbered S 6314-A and A 8327A) which require that the Commissioner of Health shall not decertify Glen Cove Hospital until completion of public hearings assuring community protection by addressing the critically important public health concerns that are at stake.
The plaintiff is asking the court to grant the injunctive relief immediately as these bills are expected to pass in the current legislative session.The hearing will take place today, Friday, January 31, 2014 at 2 pm at the Supreme Court State of NY, Nassau County, 100 Supreme Court Drive, Mineola, NY.