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Five for fighting over LICH

Rehabbed: The Brooklyn Hospital Center in Fort Greene has bounced back in a big way.
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The state has unveiled five plans for the redevelopment of Long Island College Hospital — and none of them include the hospital’s current range of services.

The proposals are unlikely to appease activists and Long Island College Hospital employees who have spent the last year demanding a medical center with around-the-clock care and a comprehensive set of specialized departments, but the State University of New York, which runs the hospital, says an overhaul is long overdue.

“After more than a year of extreme financial stress on SUNY and delay tactics that only deprive the community of a health care solution, it is time to end the crisis and coalesce around this process,” State University of New York chairman H. Carl McCall said in a statement, referencing the lawsuits and protests that have dogged the state’s attempts to shutter and sell the hospital, which sits on land valued at as much as $500 million.

Politicians have pushed for the state to open up the bidding process and keep the medical center at its current capacity, but last Friday state Sen. Velmanette Montgomery (D—Boerum Hill) broke ranks and openly endorsed the idea of a diminished hospital by endorsing The Brooklyn Hospital Center’s plan for a residential complex with a medical component.

Mayor DeBlasio has been tight-lipped on the subject for his first month in office, backing off of the demand, voiced in the fall by his lawyer, that the healthcare facility remain full service.

The basics of the five proposals are as follows:

The little bit of everything plan

Medical provider: North Shore–LIJ, Lutheran Medical Center, and Allure Health Care, Inc.

Developer: Brisa Builders and the Chetrit Group

Includes emergency room: Yes

Other medical facilities: Observation unit, clinics, including mental health, ambulatory surgery center, 100 long-term acute-care beds, rehabilitation facility, and trauma center.

Housing: 1,000 units, three-tenths of them designated for below-market-rate housing for veterans, seniors, and subsidized programs

Measures to retain jobs: Unclear

Retail: Pharmacy, gym, food market, and shops

Uses existing buildings: Yes

Time to complete: Two-and-a-half years

The Brooklyn hospital-less plan

Medical company: The Brooklyn Hospital Center

Developer: Blue Wolf Capital Fund, III, L.P, and Related Companies

Emergency room: Yes

Other medical facilities: Two urgent care centers and two healthcare centers with primary care offices “in the community”

Housing: Some below-market-rate and/or workforce housing

Uses existing buildings: Unclear

Measures to retain jobs: Would provide preferential hiring to qualified Long Island College Hospital employees for 24 months

Retail: Unclear

Time to complete: Unclear

Hot property: The state unveiled five competing bids to take over Long Island College Hospital.
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The Chinese democracy plan

Medical company: Chinese Community Accountable Care Organization and the Eastern Chinese American Physician IPA

Developer: John Catsimatidis, former Republican mayoral candidate, and Rudy Washington, former deputy mayor under Rudolph Giuliani

Emergency room: Yes

Other medical facilities: 100-bed hospital that would grow into a 250-bed hospital over three years, acute care facility, ambulatory surgery center, rehabilitation center, diagnostic and treatment center, and nursing home

Housing: Yes, but no details provided

Uses existing buildings: Yes

Measures to retain jobs: Unclear

Retail: Yes, but no details provided

Time to complete: Two years

The New York University Langone plan (aka, “the other Lutheran plan”)

Medical company: New York University Langone Medical Center and Lutheran Family Health Centers

Developer: L&M Development Partners, Fortis Property Group and KF Brock

Emergency room: Yes

Other medical facilities: Urgent care center and preventative care facilities

Housing: Rental units, condos, and townhouses, one quarter of them below-market-rate

Uses existing buildings: Yes

Measures to retain jobs: Expected to employ 226 union healthcare workers, 200 in services sponsored by New York University and 26 with Lutheran

Retail: No

Time to complete: One year

The real estate health plan

Medical company: Institute for Family Health

Developer: Peebles Corporation

Emergency room: No

Other medical facilities: Community health center focused on preventative care, accessible regardless of insurance status

Housing: New residences that are “high quality, yet economical”

Uses existing buildings: Unclear, but 2,000 construction jobs are promised, presumably meaning a big build

Measures to retain jobs: 200 permanent jobs in healthcare, facilities management, and education (plan includes a new public school)

Time to complete: Unclear

So does mayoral also-ran John Catsimatidis.
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Reach reporter Megan Riesz at mriesz@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her on Twitter @meganriesz.

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