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Cobble Hill hospital activists challenge ranking of bids

Community groups want a judge to throw out scores favoring non-hospital operators
May 08, 2014 03:25PM

Activists fighting to save the Long Island College Hospital in Cobble Hill are once again heading to court.

Community activists and doctors are now asking a judge to throw out scores submitted by panelists in the state’s bidding process. A previous legal settlement required that panelists rank proposals calling for a full-service hospital higher than those offering fewer medical services.

Six of the panelists gave their highest scores to proposals from non-hospital operators, which would not offer minimum medical services, according to the Brooklyn Eagle.

If the judge throws out the scores, Brooklyn Health Partners would remain in the top position and Prime Healthcare Foundation’s $220 million bid would move into second-place.

The hospital’s advocates are also asking the judge to force the State University of New York to restore medical services that is was required to provide until May 22 — SUNY has already discontinued many services, and plans to stop admitting patients on May 12. [Brooklyn Eagle]Christopher Cameron