METAIRIE, La. - From three to one to none?
That's the latest possibility in the Jefferson Parish public hospital fight.
The last group in talks to runWest Jefferson Medical Center says its integrity has been attacked in the process and it'll break off negotiations if current terms continue.
Eyewitness News has learned thatLCMC Health,the non profit boardthat operates Children's Hospital,is disappointed andfrustrated with the ongoing talksto iron out a lease to operate WJMC.
In a letter written Wednesday to Jefferson Parish council members, andobtained exclusively by Eyewitness News, theLCMC board called the process dysfunctional, and long and tortured. It stated that the council should make efforts to repair the damage done amid false accusations, thatLCMC changed the deal and lowered its cash offer to take over the hospital.
Thursday morning the parish council met behind closed doors with attorneys, the I.G., financial consultants, and WJMC's CEO and board chairman.
The executive session lastedtwo hours and 45 minutes, yet no one would give out details. The parish attorney simply said that the negotiations will continue.
'This is the first time we've had a chance to talk to themabout how far they were going along, and that's all that was done. We just discussed it. No decisions were made and they're continuing to negotiate,' said Elton Lagasse,Chairman of theJefferson Parish Council.
When asked about theLCMC e-mail message,Lagasse had this to say.
'I'm not familiar with what they're talking about. I had not spoken to them. You know,I saw a copy of the e-mail, but that's it,' said Lagasse.
He did saythis is a very serious negotiation with differences and high and low points, and that negotiators should report back to the council with anything it needs to know.
As for Jefferson's other public hospital, so far East Jefferson General Hospital is without a partner to run the hospital and sources say the prospects are not very good.