A bailout of up to $150M for a floundering public university hospital in Brooklyn is a major component of the State University of New York’s legislative budget request.
SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher made a case for Downstate Medical Center on Monday, while testifying at a legislative budget hearing. One in every three Brooklyn physicians, and one in every nine New York City doctors, was trained at downstate, she said. The 376-bed hospital, which is the only academic hospital in Brooklyn, serves nearly 3 million people.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive budget proposal funded SUNY hospitals at the same level as in his proposal last year, not including a $27.8 and a $2 million allocation added by the Legislature. Zimpher asked for that $29.8 million to be restored and for another $99 million for stabilizing the hospital. The need of $99 million might grow to $150 million by fall, Zimpher said.
The system is seeking $35 million to stabilize Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. She said these potential allocations would be one-time money from the state.
Here’s Zimpher and SUNY Board of Trustees Chairman Carl McCall discussing Downstate’s “dire straits” situation: