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Potential buys of LICH campus unveiled

Stephon Johnson | 3/27/2014, 10:51 a.m.
SUNY Downstate revealed the nine requests for proposals that met the minimum requirements for bidding.
Protestors support LICH Photo by Bill Moore

On Tuesday, SUNY Downstate revealed the nine request for proposals that met the minimum requirements for bidding.

The Brooklyn Hospital Center’s bid is a partnership with Mount Sinai Medical Center for an emergency care center with observation beds, treatment bays, at least two urgent care centers and at least two new medical facilities for underserved neighborhoods like Red Hook and Gowanus. The partnership also includes Related Properties and would include market rate housing and affordable housing.

Other bids include the Fortis Property Group partnering with NYU Langone Medical Center; LANA Acquisitions, which includes a proposal an urgent care center and freestanding emergency room; the Chinese Community Accountable Care Organization partnering with Eastern Chinese American Physicians; the Pebbles Corporation in partnership with Maimonides Medical Center; North Shore-LIJ and ProHEALTH; the Chetrit Group; and Trindade Value Partners.

Prime Healthcare’s proposal vows to maintain LICH as a nonprofit hospital offering the type of services LICH used to offer before it was shuttered, but some community members have come out in favor of the proposal introduced by Brooklyn Health Partners (BHP) that would include a 300-400 bed, full-service hospital, 1,000 housing units and commercial space. Of those housing units, 30 percent would be affordable.

On Monday, members of the Wyckoff Gardens, Red Hook East and Gowanus Houses resident associations held a news conference to support the BHP plan for a full-service hospital on the LICH campus.

According to BHP, their plan would produce a state-of-the-art hospital with up to 400 beds and a revitalized campus named the “Brooklyn Medical District.”

‘’They are offering our communities what we said we wanted, a full-service hospital with up to 400 beds,” said Charlene Nimmons, president of the Wyckoff Gardens Resident Association.

Gowanus Houses President Edward Tyre liked the fact that the BHP’s CEO had a “background in health care and their commitment to build a hospital with community involvement.”

Mickey Reid, vice president of Red Hook East, hopes that no matter what happens, a medical facility that serves those in need wins out.

“I am hopeful after hearing the Brooklyn Health Partners presentation last Monday evening, the size of our communities combined shows the need for a full service hospital,” Reid said.