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SUNY Downstate Medical Center is too big, important to fail

STATE SEN. KEVIN PARKER | 5/31/2013, 12:40 p.m.
SUNY Downstate Medical Center is too big, important to fail

SUNY Downstate is too big to fail, and yet that is exactly what is going to happen unless we work together to tell the governor that he must save SUNY Downstate by giving it the money it needs to buy the time necessary for the restructuring plan to succeed.

We must work together to tell our entire community that SUNY Downstate is the foundation of Central Brooklyn's economic health, a magnet for medical innovation and the irreplaceable heart of the process of making African-American and Latino medical students into the most diverse group of medical professionals anywhere. Finally, you must work together to tell your council members, assembly members, state senators and U.S. representatives and senators that they must help you save SUNY Downstate because it is, quite simply, too big to fail.

If we work together, SUNY Downstate can recover, and SUNY Downstate will recover. This facility has served our community for over 150 years and has provided our neighborhoods with quality health care, superlatively trained medical professionals, good and solid middle-class jobs, and world-renowned medical research and innovation.

If we work together, this is not the end. SUNY Downstate is too big to fail, and if we work together, we will ensure it never does.