UPDATE: The Jefferson Parish council postponed its vote Wednesday on which private company should operate East and West Jefferson hospital.
JEFFERSON, LA (WVUE) - The Jefferson Parish council is set to vote Wednesday on which private company should operate East and West Jefferson hospital.
But some citizens and business leaders want a delay in the vote.
For months the council has been dealing with the issue of who should take control of East and West Jefferson hospitals. It's an issue that has been mired in controversy.
The CEO's of East Jefferson and West Jefferson say the hospitals must be turned over to private management to remain financially viable.
Both hospitals have thousands of employees. But the two hospital boards have not been able to reach agreement on which company should get the 30 year lease.
Louisiana Children's Medical Center, HCA, and Ochsner all want the lease. But the West Jefferson board wants Children's to have the lease and the East Jefferson board wants HCA.
The resolution on the agenda calls for the council to select a single operator for both hospitals, but at least three council members are in favor of a split allowing different managers for each of hospitals.
That's not something Parish President John Young supports.
Several speakers from the public spoke during the public comment period in favor of a split.
However, the executive director of the Jefferson Business Council again urged the council to defer a vote until an independent analysis of the three proposals can be done.
Council members agree this is one of the biggest issues or the biggest issue they will have to decide because it will impact the healthcare landscape for decades to come.