Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and #Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer both favor proceeding with negotiations between the University of Central Florida to take over Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute at #Lake Nona, according to recent correspondence between the two government officials.
After a contentious Jan. 23 county commission meeting,Florida Hospital sent a Jan. 30 letter to each local funding partner officially withdrawing its proposal for #Sanford Burnham from consideration. “That currently leaves us with the #UCF proposal, which again is the one that was preferred by the county,” wrote Jacobs in a Feb. 2 letter to Dyer and the Tavistock Group.
She goes on to say that UCF is proposing to lease the medical facility on a long-term basis and provide rent payments estimated at $2 million to the funding parties. UCF said it would work with the Sarah Cannon Research Institute in Nashville,Tenn., Hospital Corp. of America (NYSE: HCA), Provision HealthCare and Altercare as partners.
Dyer responded to the letter on Feb. 6: “Given the need to move forward in a timely manner and that no other proposals have been brought forward after the public presentations, the city of Orlando supports negotiating with UCF to lease the site currently occupied by #Sanford Burnham Prebys. This includes developing the appropriate draft agreements and bringing them to the city of Orlando and #Tavistock for review and consideration.”
However, Dyer indicated one concern is UCF’s timeline for when it will occupy the building. “Since the [Board of County Commissioners] supported the proposal with a less definitive timeline [compared to Florida Hospital], we would expect that should negotiations not be completed before [Sanford Burnham] vacates the facility, Orange County would be responsible for any ongoing maintenance and operations of the building created by a gap in tenancy.”
He concluded his letter stating that the UCF medical school has been a catalyst for growth and is confident about working with it.
“We now have the opportunity to meet with Sanford Burnham Prebys, finalize our proposal and present a complete plan to Orange County officials. We are eager to create an academic cancer research and treatment center that will serve our community – patients, researchers, providers and taxpayers,” Dr. Deborah German, dean of the UCF College of Medicine, told Orlando Business Journal.