Long Island College Hospital supporters time trips from Red Hook to local hospitals

The LICH team won with a 19-minute travel time and no wait in the ER.

The LICH team won with a 19-minute travel time and no wait in the ER. (8/7/13)

BROOKLYN - Nurses and community members literally raced against the clock to spotlight how long it would take to get medical help if Long Island College Hospital shuts down.

Racers supporting the failing hospital split up into four teams, with three using personal vehicles and one using public transportation.

The teams then set off from Red Hook, simulating a trip to three different emergency rooms and taking note of any difficulties along the way, including distance and traffic.

The group heading to LICH came in first with a 19-minute travel time and no wait to be seen. Brooklyn Hospital came in second with a 24-minute travel time and 25 waiting patients.

The New York Methodist team took 30 minutes to reach their finish line, only to find what they called a "packed" ER.  

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