The Brooklyn Heights Association RSS feed BHA Community News, Events, and In Focus Updates en-us Copyright (C) 2011 The Brooklyn Heights Associateion IN SYMPATHY FOR TWO OFFICERS OF THE 84TH PRECINCT WHO WERE MURDERED ON SATURDAY - <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>IN SYMPATHY FOR TWO OFFICERS OF THE 84TH PRECINCT WHO WERE MURDERED ON SATURDAY:</p> <p>The BHA expresses its profound sorrow over the horrifying and senseless murders of Police Officer Rafael Ramos and Police Officer Wenjian Liu of the 84 Precinct. We send our heartfelt condolences to their families and to the brave men and women of the 84th Precinct and of the entire NYPD.<br /> <br /> We are hopeful that this tragedy will serve to unite the City and its leadership in our determination to ensure trust in the public safety system and mutual respect between residents and police officers who protect our communities. The officers of the 84th Precinct are exemplary public servants and our partners in building the sense of community that we value so much. The loss of these officers is a deeply felt loss for all of Brooklyn Heights.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </body> </html> SYMPATHY FOR TWO OFFICERS OF THE 84TH PRECINCT WHO WERE MURDERED ON SATURDAY/ Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500 JOIN THE BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY AND MARVEL ARCHITECTS FOR A BRANCH DESIGN WORKSHOP, MARCH 23, AT 6:30 PM IN THE LIBRARY, 280 CADMAN PLAZA WEST <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><strong><u>GIVE COMMUNITY INPUT FOR THE NEW BROOKLYN HEIGHTS LIBRARY - ATTEND THE BRANCH DESIGN WORKSHOP ON MARCH 23&nbsp; &amp; COMPLETE THE SURVEY</u></strong></p> <p>On Monday, March 23, the BPL is holding a community workshop at the Brooklyn Heights Branch, 280 Cadman Plaza West at 6:30 pm with an open invitation to library users to come with their thoughts on the features and services that they would like to see in the new library.&nbsp; In addition, the BPL is conducting a survey to gather community feedback.&nbsp;We urge our readers to complete the <a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=this%20survey&amp;utm_campaign=Brooklyn%20Heights%20Community%20Meeting%203/2015">survey here</a>.</p> <p>As has been reported, the Brooklyn Heights Library is facing more than $9.2 million in unfunded repairs. Its HVAC system is broken, resulting in unplanned closures and unreliable service for patrons during summer months. Much of the branch&rsquo;s space is cellar storage, unavailable for public use.</p> <p>Following its decision to sell the site to raise funds to repair this branch as well as others in the BPL system, the trustees of the BPL selected the team of Hudson Companies and Marvel Architects to redevelop the Cadman Plaza West site with a mixed-use building anchored by a state-of-the-art, 21,500-square-foot library. The proposed project will generate $52 million, $40 million of which is reportedly going towards repairs in other Brooklyn branches, three of which are within Community Board 2: Walt Whitman, Washington Irving and Pacific Street libraries. The developer is required to create affordable units and Hudson is building 114 units of affordable housing off site but still within Community Board 2 at 1021 Fulton Street and 911 Atlantic Avenue.</p> <p>The BPL will provide interim service during the period of construction in the community room of Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral, 113 Remsen Street.</p> <p>At its March 9th Community Advisory Committee meeting, the BPL presented a power point with more details about the project. Click <a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=details&amp;utm_campaign=Brooklyn%20Heights%20Community%20Meeting%203/2015">here</a>&nbsp;for the presentation. &nbsp;The Brooklyn Heights project is subject to the City&rsquo;s environmental review and land use process (ULURP), which requires review by the Community Board, Borough President, City Planning Commission and the New York City Council. The BPL hopes to begin construction in 2016.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The BHA has so far not opposed the project since the money from the sale goes to the BPL, the BPL plans to provides interim service, and the new library branch is of adequate size. For a fuller discussion of our position, and our efforts to ensure that the new building is the best possible building for the neighborhood, click <a href="">here</a> and <a href="">here</a>.&nbsp;</p> </body> </html> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0400 BHA STATEMENT ON BROOKLYN HEIGHTS BRANCH LIBRARY REDEVELOPMENT PLAN: Next public meeting of the Community Advisory Committee is Monday, March 9 at 6:30 PM. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u>BHA STATEMENT ON BROOKLYN HEIGHTS BRANCH LIBRARY REDEVELOPMENT PLAN </u></p> <p>There is an upcoming meeting of the Community Advisory Committee on Monday, March 9 at 6:30 PM in the library auditorium. Click<a href=""> here</a> for the meeting agenda.</p> <p>The public should soon be shown the Hudson Company's plans for redeveloping the Brooklyn Heights Library on Cadman Plaza. Hudson Companies/Marvel Architects are the team chosen by the Brooklyn Public Library's trustees to do the project.</p> <p>Michael Kimmelman, NYTimes Architecture Critic wrote an article <a href="">here</a>, essentially praising the project.</p> <p>At the BHA, our board has responded with both concern and cautious optimism to their selection.&nbsp; We believe that the project, as described in the original Request for Proposals, has the potential to make a significant contribution. We want to see a distinctive and welcoming public building that provides a graceful transition from the civic buildings on Cadman Plaza to the residences of Brooklyn Heights and a library that is a visual gateway to the neighborhood.</p> <p>Hudson Companies and Marvel Architects are local businesses whose partners are well acquainted with our neighborhood: Jonathan Marvel has the ability to design a new building which addresses the complexities of this project on such an important site. Hudson Companies has an established track record for project completion --including affordable housing components.</p> <p>Hudson/Marvel is required to provide interim library space during construction of the new library, and the interim space will be in an 8,000 sf room at Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral, 113 Remsen Street. Construction on the site will not begin until the temporary library space is ready.</p> <p>The new branch library is to be 21,000 sf.&nbsp; The off-site affordable housing, which must be within Community District 2 boundaries, will allow for a less bulky building on this constricted site. It is an important BPL condition that the condominium certificate of occupancy be tied to the completion of the affordable housing component.&nbsp;</p> <p>BPL trustees have said, &ldquo;This is the beginning.&rdquo; That is indeed true in the sense that the city&rsquo;s public land use review process (ULURP) has not yet begun. Going forward, we expect our Brooklyn Heights Association members and all library neighbors and users to comment constructively towards the goal of housing a light-filled, welcoming library, in an exceptionally well designed new building. We'll need everyone's help to get us there.</p> <p>We urge everyone to attend the next CAC meeting!</p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller">Posted 02/8/15, Updated 03/7/15 to add CAC meeting agenda <br /> </span></p> </body> </html> Sat, 07 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0500 FDNY AMBULANCES ARE NOW SERVING NYU LANGONE MEDICAL CENTER EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT IN COBBLE HILL, WHICH IS OPEN 24/7 AT THE FORMER LICH EMERGENCY ROOM SITE: Continue reading for more information on the medical services currently provided there. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u>FDNY AMBULANCES ARE NOW SERVING NYU LANGONE MEDICAL CENTER EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT WHICH IS OPEN 24/7 IN COBBLE HILL&nbsp;AT THE FORMER LICH ER SITE&nbsp;ON AMITY STREET&nbsp;</u></p> <p>NYU-Langone Cobble Hill Medical Center has sent us the following information about the kind of cases that are being treated at their&nbsp;free-standing ED, which opened on 10/31/14:</p> <p><strong><u>&bull; Stroke and heart attack<br /> &bull; Pulmonary embolus (lung blood clots), DVT (leg blood clots),<br /> intracranial hemorrhage<br /> &bull; Severe asthma, COPD, pneumonia, bloodstream infection (sepsis),<br /> congestive heart failure, respiratory failure<br /> &bull; Appendicitis, gallbladder stones and infections, bowel obstruction<br /> &bull; Hip, facial, arm, and leg fractures<br /> &bull; Tubal pregnancy, ovarian torsion, vaginal bleeding, kidney stones<br /> and infections<br /> &bull; Childhood fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and respiratory illnesses<br /> </u></strong></p> <p>Click&nbsp;<a href="">HERE</a> for&nbsp;the full release, received today 3/4/15 from&nbsp;NYU Langone Medical Center's Cobble Hill Emergency Department.&nbsp;</p> <p>NYU Langone-Cobble Hill receives walk-in patients as well as those arriving by private and&nbsp;FDNY 911 ambulances.&nbsp; This new ED is said to have the full capabilities to care for acutely-ill patients, but if admission to a hospital is required, two&nbsp; ambulances are available at all times&nbsp;to transfer patients to NYU Langone in Manhattan, or to one of several Brooklyn-based hospitals, such as Lutheran Medical Center, Methodist Hospital, or Brooklyn Hospital Center.</p> <p>Late last year, we were advised that&nbsp;NYU Langone also plans to bring a wide range of ambulatory services to the neighboring communities with the construction of a new medical facility, that is&nbsp;expected to be completed in late 2017 or early 2018, and&nbsp;will comprise four stories and approximately 125,000 square feet of space. Once fully operational,&nbsp; NYU says&nbsp;it will&nbsp;provide competitive jobs for the community, with an expected need for more than 400 staff and 70 doctors.</p> <p>The&nbsp;coalition of community groups&nbsp;(including the&nbsp;BHA)&nbsp;who worked to&nbsp;save LICH have urged&nbsp;NYU Langone Cobble Hill&nbsp;to conduct a community health needs assessment.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </body> </html> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0500 BHA ANNUAL MEETING WILL FEATURE JUSTIN DAVIDSON OF NEW YOUR MAGAZINE! PLEASE JOIN US FOR A STIMULATING DISCUSSION <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>BHA ANNUAL MEETING</strong></u></p> <p>The BHA's upcoming Annual Meeting of Members will be held on Tuesday, February 24th at 7 PM at Grace Church, located on the corner of Hicks Street and Grace Court.&nbsp; The doors will open at 6:30 PM.</p> <p>We'll have an annual report from BHA President <strong>Alexandra Bowie</strong>. <strong>Tom Stewart, </strong>Channel 13 Announcer<strong>&nbsp;</strong>will present our Community Service Awards. Representatives of <strong>Save The View Now</strong> and <strong>People for Green Space Foundation </strong>will provide brief updates regarding their status on the Pierhouse and Pier 6 issues.</p> <p><strong>Justin Da</strong><strong>vidson</strong>, the Pulitzer Prize winning critic and currently the architecture and classical music critic for New York Magazine, will be our guest speaker.&nbsp; His topic: Preservation As An Agent of Radical Change.&nbsp; Click <a href="">here </a>for his NY&nbsp;Magazine&nbsp;Archive and <a href="">here</a> for Brooklyn Eagle article by Mary Frost.</p> <p>Wheel chair access&nbsp;into the church&nbsp;is available through the red doors on Grace Court.</p> <p>The BHA Annual Meeting is open to the&nbsp;public. Reservations are not necessary. Following the meeting, we will have a reception&nbsp;serving light refreshments.</p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller">Article updated 2/22/15 &nbsp;</span></p> </body> </html> Sun, 22 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0500 COMMUNITY LEADERS GATHER TO ADDRESS CITYWIDE TRANSPORTATION NEEDS <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><span style="font-size: medium"><u><strong>&ldquo;Gridlock&rdquo; Sam Schwartz to Present Move NY Plan At Brooklyn Town Hall </strong></u></span></p> <p>Below is the Press Release sent from Move NY:</p> <p>Brooklyn, NY (February 16, 2015) &ndash; A coalition of neighborhood groups, merchants associations, and elected officials representing Downtown and brownstone Brooklyn today announced a town hall meeting to discuss how to address the challenge posed to all New Yorkers by crumbling transportation infrastructure, growing congestion, and rising tolls and transit fares. The focus of the town hall meeting will be a plan put forward by Move NY, a transportation policy group.</p> <p>&ldquo;Gridlock&rdquo; Sam Schwartz &ndash; a former NYC Traffic Commissioner &ndash; will present the Move NY plan, a leading proposal to address New York City&rsquo;s numerous transportation needs in a comprehensive fashion. Members of the community will have the opportunity to discuss the plan during break out sessions to take place after the initial presentation. The town hall meeting is open to the public and will be held on February 19 at 6:00 PM EST at Brooklyn&rsquo;s 3rd Avenue YWCA. Interested New Yorkers are encouraged to participate in the conversation on social media using the hashtags #MoveNYBK and #fillthegapNY.</p> <p>&ldquo;Everyone in the New York area benefits from the fact that we have one of the best public transportation systems in the world,&rdquo; said Alex Matthiessen, Campaign Director for Move NY. &ldquo;What we need to be able to figure out is how we preserve and improve this system, not just for our own benefit, but for future generations of New Yorkers. We&rsquo;re excited to hear the input of everyday Brooklynites on how this plan can better help us achieve this shared goal.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Move NY plan aims to support the New York metropolitan area&rsquo;s economic and cultural dynamism by ensuring a strong and sustainable transportation network. It seeks to accomplish this by instituting a fair tolling plan that ensures adequate investment in transportation infrastructure, improves transit speed and safety, and distributes responsibility for maintaining the region&rsquo;s transit system equitably. The plan has generated the enthusiasm of a diverse group of supporters including AAA-NY, Transportation Alternatives, and the editorial board of Crain&rsquo;s New York Business. Details of the plan can be found on Move NY&rsquo;s <a href="">website.</a></p> <p>Assembly member Walter Mosley, Assembly member Jo Anne Simon, Councilmember Brad Lander, Councilmember Stephen Levin, Community Boards 2, 6 and 8, and nearly a dozen community groups are convening the town hall meeting. The groups hosting the forum include the Atlantic Avenue Business Improvement District, the Boerum Hill Association, the Brooklyn Heights Association, the Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association, the Cobble Hill Association, the Myrtle Avenue Partnership, the Park Slope Civic Council, Park Slope Neighbors, and the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council.</p> <p>Quotes from Sponsors</p> <p>Assemblymember Walter Mosley, who represents the 57th Assembly District, said: &ldquo;As Brooklyn moves forward into the 21st century our public transportation must keep pace with the increasing demand for fast, efficient, and reliable service. We have seen an exponential increase of new members to our communities of central Brooklyn, which, in turn has put higher stress on our aging transportation system. Crowded platforms, dirty stations, and delay in services can no longer define outer borough service. I am proud that my community is involved with the dialogue on how to shape our mass transit in the coming years and look forward to working collaboratively with my colleagues in the State Legislature to implement their recommendations.&rdquo;</p> <p>Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon, who represents the 52nd Assembly District, said: &ldquo;The New York metropolitan area needs a better way of moving people and goods. We simply must encourage better mass transit service to underserved neighborhoods, discourage unnecessary traffic through our communities, and bring rationality and equity to our discombobulated toll system. Move NY presents a serious and thoughtful approach that respects neighborhoods and addresses health and safety concerns in a constructive way. &ldquo;</p> <p>Council Member Brad Lander, who represents the 39th City Council District, said: &ldquo;&ldquo;New Yorkers need a transportation system that&rsquo;s dependable and efficient, and the Move NY plan addresses many of the current issues the system faces in a thoughtful and forward looking way. A comprehensive plan like Move NY can improve the way we all move about the city, and I look forward to hearing from our community at today&rsquo;s town hall.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Council Member Stephen Levin, who represents the 33rd City Council District, said: &ldquo;New Yorkers depend on having a reliable transportation system and we should be seeking new ways to make necessary improvements. I look forward to this important town hall and an engaging discussion of the Move NY plan.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Community Board 2 Chairwoman Shirley McRae said: &ldquo;Community District 2 has a major public transportation hub, including a commuter rail terminal, a portion of an Interstate highway, and two East River crossings. We need to learn how to use the infrastructure we have in a more efficient way.&rdquo;</p> <p>Community Board 6 Chairman Gary Reilly said: &quot;We see the same problems come up time and time again: street safety, traffic congestion, crumbling infrastructure, air quality. And always, a shortage of resources we need to address them. The Move-NY plan looks to be a smart way to finally finance the investments everyone agrees on by recognizing the value of mobility, reduced travel times, and safety for all users of the transportation system. It deserves our serious attention.&quot;</p> <p>Community Board 8 Chairwoman Nizjoni Granville said: &ldquo;Brooklyn&rsquo;s communities are suffering from our broken transportation system. The problems arrive on our agenda every month: overcrowded subways, congested bridges, truck traffic on our residential streets. What is clear is that these issues are part of a larger trend, and they require a comprehensive solution. The Move NY plan is a serious proposal that we believe is worthy of the community&rsquo;s consideration.&rdquo;</p> <p>Contact:&nbsp;&nbsp;Chris DeVito<br /> Phone: 201-675-1473<br /> Email: <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ###<br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> Mon, 16 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0500 PIERHOUSE HEIGHT: NEIGHBORS UNITE TO SEEK REMEDIAL ACTION! <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>Pierhouse Height: Neighbors Unite To Seek Remedial Action</strong></u>.</p> <p>We wish all BHA members to know about a recently formed grass roots campaign, organized by Brooklyn Heights resident, Steve Guterman. Calling it &quot;Save The View Now&quot;, Mr. Guterman has gathered over 5000 signatures since December, with dozens of neighbors offering to help him organize an action plan.&nbsp;Click <a href="">here</a> to read the NY&nbsp;Times article on this issue.</p> <p>The goal of this campaign is to return the construction of the Pierhouse to be consistent with the originally approved plan.&nbsp; </p> <p>Click <a href=";utm_source=share_petition&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=share_email_responsive">here </a>to find the Save The View Now petition, and you can read more information about this initiative at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </body> </html> Sun, 08 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0500 NYC SANITATION DEPARTMENT UPDATE REGARDING GARBAGE PICK UPS: COLLECTION OCCURS MONDAY MORNING, IF SNOWFALL IS LIGHT <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>&nbsp;Garbage Collection Update: Tomorrow&rsquo;s 'Prediction'</p> <p>As of the writing of this email, the Sanitation Department plans to do its usual Monday work, picking up regular household garbage everywhere in the Heights, provided there isn't more snow than currently forecasted. One inch of snow will not interfere.</p> <p>Recyclables on the blocks south of Joralemon Street will also be collected.</p> <p>With 2-3 inches of snow, the DSNY plowS first, and garbage pick ups will fall behind. The DSNY will be working 12 hours shifts, trying to get caught up.</p> <p><u>Please put your garbage out where it is within easy reach of the DSNY crews. </u></p> </body> </html> Sun, 08 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0500 SAVE THE VIEW NOW - PROTECT VIEWS OF BROOKLYN BRIDGE! <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>SAVE THE VIEW NOW - PROTECT VIEWS OF BROOKLYN BRIDGE</p> <p>A decade ago, the BHA lobbied on behalf of our community to protect the iconic views of the Brooklyn Bridge by limiting the height of development in the park. In recent months, we have watched in stunned disbelief as construction of the Pierhouse has obscured those views.</p> <p>Two weeks ago, Brooklyn Heights resident Steve Guterman started an on-line campaign: <a href="">Save the View Now. </a>As a new, independent, grass-roots organization, Save the View Now is ready to take a fresh stand. Save the View Now promises, in Steve&rsquo;s words, a &ldquo;laser-like focus&rdquo; on the singular goal of saving the views of the Brooklyn Bridge, a goal we whole-heartedly support. The BHA encourages our members to sign his petition, available <a href=";utm_source=share_petition&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=share_email_responsive">here.</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>Click here for the most recent <a href="">New York Times coverage</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </body> </html> Tue, 06 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0500 BHA ANNOUNCES THE RETIREMENT OF ITS LONGTIME EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, JUDY STANTON. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>The Brooklyn Heights Association Board announces Executive Director Judy Stanton&rsquo;s plan to retire on August 31, 2015.</p> <p>Since the early 1980&rsquo;s Judy has served the BHA, first as a member of the Board of Governors and later as its first Executive Director. Known to many as &ldquo;the face of the BHA,&rdquo; her tenure reflects an exceptional dedication, integrity and passion for dealing with all issues that concern Brooklyn Heights. Her experience and deep community roots have been invaluable to the neighborhood. She has set a high bar for the BHA Board, and her example will inspire us as we look to the future.</p> <p>Click <a href="">here</a> for the job listing.</p> </body> </html> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500 LICH ACT - A BILL SPONSORED BY NYS ASSEMBLY MEMBER JOANNE SIMON AND NYS SENATOR DANIEL SQUADRON: This bill would provide for a greater community voice and a thorough health care assessment in proposed hospital closures. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u>LEGISLATION PROPOSED BY NYS SQUADRON AND NYS ASSEMBLY MEMBER SIMON SEEKS TO REFORM THE&nbsp;CURRENT&nbsp; SYSTEM FOR CLOSING HOSPITALS IN NEW YORK</u></p> <p>On Tuesday, December 16th, at 11 a.m. City Comptroller Scott Stringer, State Senator Squadron and State Assembly Member Simon will announce the LICH Act.</p> <p>The Squadron-Simon proposal (which is based on a&nbsp;previous proposal by NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer) would allow the Commissioner of the State Department of Health (DOH) to only approve a hospital closure application if the needs of the community and&nbsp;affected stakeholders, including access to emergency medical care, can be adequately met.</p> <p>Under the proposal, the Commissioner would not be allowed to close a hospital without a significant and thorough community input process dictated by a statutorily imposed timeline.&nbsp;Current law only requires a community forum to be held after a hospital has already been closed. In addition, current law does not require the Commissioner to consider the healthcare needs of the community, including emergency medical care or transitional care, as part of the Commissioner&rsquo;s decision to approve a hospital closure.</p> <p>Within 30 days of an application for closure&nbsp;of a general hospital, this legislation&nbsp;would require the Commissioner of the State Department of Health to explain in a report :</p> <p><span style="font-size: x-large"><strong>.</strong></span>&nbsp;The anticipated impact of closure on the surrounding community&rsquo;s access to care, including the uninsured and underserved.</p> <p><span style="font-size: x-large"><strong>.&nbsp;</strong></span>What measures DOH and others have taken or plan to take to lessen any negative impacts.</p> <p><span style="font-size: x-large"><strong>.&nbsp;</strong></span>Why the State cannot assume financial responsibility for the hospital or identify an alternate operator.</p> <p><span style="font-size: x-large"><strong>&middot;</strong></span> Hold a community forum within six weeks of application, giving community members and local elected officials the chance to raise questions, voice concerns, and offer alternatives.</p> <p><span style="font-size: x-large"><strong>&middot; </strong></span>Respond to community input by:</p> <p><span style="font-size: x-large"><strong>.&nbsp;</strong></span>Answering, in summary, comments received from community members and local elected officials.</p> <p><span style="font-size: x-large"><strong>.&nbsp;</strong></span>Explaining why significant alternatives were or were not incorporated into a final closure plan.</p> <p><span style="font-size: x-large"><strong>.</strong></span>&nbsp;Identifying any changes to the plan resulting from community concerns or suggestions.</p> <p><span style="font-size: x-large"><strong>.&nbsp;</strong></span>Only approve the application if needs of the community and impacted stakeholders, including access to emergency medical care, can be adequately met.</p> <p><span style="font-size: x-large"><strong>&middot;</strong></span> Explain options for transitional medical services to impacted communities, including arrangements for continuity of care.</p> <p>Posted 12/15/14</p> </body> </html> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500