Representatives from the consultant, Kaufman Hall, were originally expected to attend the meeting to address the council and answer questions, but scheduling conflicts canceled that meeting.
But parish leaders on Wednesday received a 22-page document from Kaufman Hall that recommended two companies for the two hospitals in order to move forward.
Two boards tasked with aiding in the selection process have sided until now with two separate entities -- Hospital Corp. of America and Louisiana Children’s Medical Center.
Jefferson Parish Council Chairman Chris Roberts said he has lost confidence in Kaufman Hall. In an email to the consulting firm, he called the continual change in position bothersome.
“I challenge anyone to deny that Kaufman Hall said in executive session splitting the hospitals was absolutely not in the parish's best interest. It is absurd that they continue to be reactive to pressures. Under no circumstance will I vote for a split,” Roberts said.
Roberts said he will suggest reimbursement of consulting fees paid under their $1.3 million contract to date. Roberts called the process a circus that is beginning to lose the public’s confidence. He said a majority of the council members have indicated they are ready to vote on this matter.
The Parish Council had hoped to have a lessee lined up by the end of the year.