North Shore-LIJ Not On Board With Bid for LICH

Wall Street Journal
February 6, 2014
North Shore-LIJ Not On Board With Bid for LICH
By Laura Kusisto

One of the hospital systems listed as part of a bidding team for Brooklyn’s Long Island College Hospital has not committed to the project, a spokesman said Wednesday.

North Shore-LIJ Health System, which operates 15 hospitals throughout the region, was listed as a medical partner with Brisa Builders in one of five bids for the hospital released by the State University of New York on Tuesday.

North Shore–which has been expanding throughout the region and whose chief executive, Michael Dowling, was former Gov. Mario Cuomo’s  state director of Health, Education and Human Services–would have been a high-profile and politically connected addition to the bid. But while the hospital system had some preliminary discussions with Brisa Builders, it never committed to the project, a spokesman said.

North Shore-LIJ representatives are actively engaged in discussions with other providers in and outside the metropolitan area, and do not feel that we are in a position to submit a proposal for Long Island College Hospital at this time,” the spokesman said. “However, we will continue to pay close attention to developments at LICH and plan on keeping our options open as the situation evolves.”
According to Brisa’s bid, the hospital would operate a satellite emergency department and an ambulatory care center.

Ericka Keller-Wala, the chairwoman of Brisa Builders, said in an e-mail that “Northshore LIJ is fully committed to the project.” She didn’t respond to follow up requests for comment.

Other groups that submitted bids for the property on Monday afternoon included the Peebles Corporation and the Institute for Family Health; Brooklyn Hospital and Related Companies; and Fortis partnering with NYU Langone Medical Center and Lutheran Family Health Centers.

SUNY has asked each of the bidders to provide evidence of these partnerships and hadn’t received that evidence from Brisa as of 2:30 on Wednesday afternoon, according to a SUNY spokesman.

Crain’s Health Pulse
February 6, 2014
North Shore's Big Surprise

North Shore-LIJ executives were shocked to read media accounts of the five final bidders for Long Island College Hospital. The hospital system was listed as a partner of Brisa Builders, but North Shore-LIJ never bid with Brisa, according to a hospital spokesman. The system participated in onsite meetings, toured LICH, and reviewed materials during the initial bidding process that began in September. "We had discussions. We never committed to participate," he said. The Brisa proposal that mistakenly listed North Shore-LIJ, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, was a "miscommunication. We never submitted anything," said the spokesman.

Capital New York
February 6, 2014

North Shore LIJ said on Wednesday that it was not interested in taking over LICH despite being named by Brisa Builders as a potential partner. A spokesman for the health system told me, they had "made it clear that we were not going to be part of this formal process." Apparently, not clear enough because a representative from Brisa still touted their potential partnership during a forum held by Eric Adams, which will be shown today on the Brooklyn Public Network.



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