The Brooklyn Paper reports that SUNY today announced it has broken off talks with Peebles Corporation, which became the favored bidder for Long Island College Hospital after the initial first place bidder, Brooklyn Health Partners, was declared disqualified. SUNY is now negotiating with Fortis Property Group, which scored third in the bidding and which, in addition to converting much of the LICH site to residential use, will provide, in conjunction with NYU Langone Medical Center and Lutheran Health Care, an ambulatory surgical facility and cancer center. No word on an emergency room. The Brooklyn Paper piece quotes SUNY spokesman David Doyle:
Several portions of the Peebles proposal have dramatically changed, including the possibility of long delays in the manner and method in which healthcare will be provided at the site.
Doyle is also quoted as saying that SUNY will continue to keep the LICH emergency room open as it negotiates with Fortis.