In the end, HCA was found to be the best company to lease both East Jefferson General Hospital and the West Jefferson Medical Center, a consultant told the Jefferson Parish Council Wednesday.
The only problem is that HCA lost patience with the long, drawn-out process and dropped out in February, a move that left hundreds of millions on the table the report found.
Of the remaining potential partners, Nemzoff & Co. found that Ochsner is only interested in leasing EJGH and Louisiana Children's Medical Center is not in the position to run both hospitals.
After hearing the findings of the report during a special session, the Council voted to allow each hospital's board to negotiate separate leases if they want.
EJGH's board still wants to reach a deal with HCA, but Sheriff Newell Normand, who serves on that hospital's board, says he talked to the company recently and they have no plans to re-enter talks.
Normand says he's not sure if that position might change with the Council allowing for the possibility of separate leases.