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How the LICH bidders stacked up

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The state selected Brooklyn Health Partners on Thursday as the winning bidder in the battle to redevelop Long Island College Hospital.

Provided everything the team says it can do is true and there are no hiccups in the hospital operator accreditation process or the handoff with the State University of New York, the group will maintain a small hospital on the site while it builds a new, bigger one, along with an apartment complex.

The process to arrive at this pick was no simple auction to the highest bidder. It was the result of a system laid out by a court settlement between anti-hospital-closure activists and the state that ended a yearlong legal battle over the state’s attempts to shutter the Cobble Hill facility. Under the settlement process, plans were scored on a scale of 1-100, with points weighing medical services as two-thirds of the score, and financial commitments accounting for the rest. Proposers who did not call for a full-service hospital or un-interrupted medical services — the state plans to wash its hands of the hospital in May — got points deducted. A committee made up of Councilman Carlos Menchaca (D–Red Hook) and representatives of the nurses unions and community groups that sued the state had less than half the say in scoring the medical category and none in scoring the financial component. State appointees made up the difference.

Evaluators were not supposed to talk to each other or the public, but one apparently leaked information about the state’s alleged attempts to rig the rating by pointing out that some operators calling for full-service hospitals did not have health department certification to run a hospital last week. A second settlement ordered jurors to disregard the alleged misinformation and Brooklyn Health Partners, which is now negotiating to get a hospital operator license, won.

But activists are still wary of the state fumbling the hospital or handing it off to a politically connected developer and a lot of court orders have been violated and deadlines pushed back during the year-long journey to Thursday’s announcement, so here is the full accounting of how each of the nine redevelopment bids did. (Click here for a refresher on what each of them includes).

No. 1

Brooklyn Health PartnersScore: 64.23

Includes a full-service hospital: Yes

No.2

Peebles Corporation

Score: 62.76

Includes a full-service hospital: No

No. 3

Fortis Property Group

Score: 61.61

Includes a full-service hospital: No

No. 4

Prime Healthcare Services

Score: 55.15

Includes a full-service hospital: Yes

No. 5

Chetrit Group

Score: 49.57

Includes a full-service hospital: No

No.6

Trindade Value Partners

Score: 47.51

Includes a full-service hospital: Yes

No. 7

The Brooklyn Hospital Center

Score: 45.13

Includes a full-service hospital: No

No. 8

Chinese Community Accountable Care Organizati­on/Eastern Chinese American Physician Independent Practice Association

Score: 42.90

Includes a full-service hospital: Yes

No. 9

Lana Acquisitions

Score: 27.32

Includes a full-service hospital: No

Posted 12:18 pm, April 4, 2014
Reach reporter Megan Riesz at mriesz@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her on Twitter @meganriesz.
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Reasonable discourse

HawkEye says:
How did 2 non-hospital real estate proposals (Peebles, Fortis) get scored higher than 2 proposals for full service teaching hospitals (PrimeHealth, Chinese Comun ity Accountable Care). Seems like the scoring rules were not followed there. This should be questioned now - before SUNY somehow claims BHP didn't meet the deadline & then hands the place over to SUNY Chair Carl McCalls friend Peebles. Check it out: #2 "LICH bidder has ties to @SUNY board chair" http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20140402/REAL_ESTATE/140409967
April 4, 2014, 11:24 am

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