|Photo: MK Metz (McBrooklyn)|
Some of the positive reasons put forth to buy LICH included a ferociously dedicated staff; a storied history; the need for the hospital; loyal patients; and a top-flight medical program (before SUNY cratered it).
A most persuasive argument was presented by Jeff Strabone, spokesperson for the Cobble Hill Association and, at the forum, speaking for six community groups. Strabone's description of a very wealthy Brownstone Brooklyn -- a demographic profile that reminded some of a nascent Upper East Side -- suddenly brought into high definition LICH's potential to be not just a successful hospital, but a very, very successful hospital.
Add to that booming Gowanus, Red Hook, Downtown Brooklyn, DUMBO, and other expanding neighborhoods, and the shortage of hospital beds in Brooklyn -- and all of a sudden you're talking about a real money-making opportunity.
The Brooklyn Eagle reported that new faces in the crowd of potential bidders included Toll Brother and Memorial Sloan Kettering.
They also report that at least one of the previous bidders, Fortis, is mulling over increasing their health care offerings at LICH.
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