The back-and-forth continues over 100-bed Homestead (Fla.) Hospital in southern Miami-Dade County.
Baptist Health Systems in Miami, which owns Homestead, is trying to work out a rescue plan for the hospital with the Public Health Trust, Miami-Dade's mammoth publicly funded healthcare system.
But the two sides have differing ideas about what that plan should be.
Last week, the Public Health Trust renewed its offer to lease Homestead from Baptist for $1 per year for five years. At the end of the lease, Baptist could take Homestead back or transfer it and its assets to the trust (May 22, p. 66).
The Public Health Trust reiterated its lease offer after Baptist proposed putting Homestead under the control of the trust with Baptist as manager.
Baptist has two weeks to respond to the trust's offer, said Conchita Ruiz-Topinka, spokeswoman for the trust's flagship, 1,320-bed Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami.
Jo Baxter, Baptist's spokeswoman, said the four-hospital system hasn't formulated its response.
Baptist has said that the community of Homestead has demand for a hospital but too many uninsured patients to financially support the facility.
Last year, Homestead lost $6 million, and this year the hospital is expected to lose $7 million.