BROOKLYN - A judge has issued a temporary order halting the closure of a Brooklyn hospital, according to union representing all Long Island College Hospital (LICH) employees.

The restraining order means the SUNY Downstate Board of Trustees and the city Department of Health cannot attempt to shut the hospital at a hearing next month. Had the hospital closed, nearly 2,000 employees would have lost their jobs. 

Stricken with financial woes, Downstate has been trying to close LICH for some time. However, until the proceedings continue, the facility will remain open for business.