According to hospital employees Thursday evening, Judge William Thompson, Sr. has been appointed to oversee hospital operations at Long Island College Hospital (LICH). Judge Baynes appointed Thompson to ensure compliance with his court order to restore services and re staff the hospital as they were on February 20, 2013.
By Monday, ambulatory services should be restored and LICH will once again be admitting patients. Monday will also be Judge Thompson’s first day on site.
Meanwhile, other area hospitals are still reporting overflowing emergency rooms because of the week long diversion from LICH. According to one emergency room employee, “Even SUNY is complaining.”
The Department of Health has been visiting LICH daily to monitor staffing levels. LICH continues to be fully staffed – with the exception of the residents SUNY pulled back to their downstate campus late last week. In fact, the ICU unit was staffed with five nurses for only three patients.
There is also talk that the residency program will be restored in the coming weeks under Judge Thompson’s authority.
The Red Hook Star-Revue will be monitoring the situation throughout the weekend and will provide daily coverage on our social media and websites. www.redhookstar.wordpress.com