Officials of Nassau County, N.Y., are seeking to cut costs by privatizing 615-bed Nassau County Medical Center in East Meadow, 889-bed A. Holly Patterson Geriatric Center in Uniondale and nine county clinics.
Nassau County Executive Thomas S. Gulotta announced last week that requests for proposals for turning over the public health facilities to private owners or operators are being prepared by the county attorney and will be issued soon.
Officials estimated that $10 million could be saved annually by turning the facilities over to private concerns. In recent years, the county has struggled to plug large gaps in its budget.
Mr. Gulotta said the county will cut its ties to Nassau Medical Center only if doing so results in substantial taxpayer savings, protects hospital employees' jobs and preserves the hospital's mission of serving everyone, regardless of financial means. The same general criteria also will be applied to Patterson Geriatric Center and the county's health clinics, he said.