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Bryan Health submitted the only bid to build and operate a new health center for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The university isn’t releasing the contents of the Lincoln hospital’s bid. Friday was the deadline for private vendors to submit a bid to build and operate the University Health Center.

UNL spokeswoman Kelly Bartling said an evaluation committee now will consider the bid and recommend to Chancellor Harvey Perlman whether to approve it.

“During the evaluation and review process, it’s not appropriate to share the contents of (the bid),” she said.

Bryan Health said any comment on the proposal during the review process should come from university officials.

Perlman announced plans Sept. 11 to seek a private vendor to build and operate a new health center. The university proposes it would be constructed by 2014 at the former Textron Corp. building on the northeast corner of Antelope Valley Parkway and Vine Street.

If things move forward, the university hopes to receive approval for the project from the University of Nebraska Board of Regents in January.

Bartling said Bryan Health likely will meet with health center staff, the evaluation committee and UNL students to present its proposal and answer questions, though the dates of those meetings have not been set.

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The university would hand over operation of the health center to the private provider about May 1. The university has written into its request for proposals a requirement that the chosen provider keep the health center’s nearly 100 current employees on its payroll for at least 90 days after the effective date of the contract.

Before Perlman formally announced his intentions to privatize the health center, the university requested that Bryan Health review its request for proposals, Bartling said.

“We’ve done this in the past,” she said. “It helps us to assure completeness.”

The university also sent the request for proposals to eight area medical providers, including Lincoln Surgical Hospital, University of Nebraska Medical Center and Alegent Healthcare.

“We targeted health organizations within Southeast Nebraska we thought would want to know,” Bartling said.

Reach Kevin Abourezk at 402-473-7225 or kabourezk@journalstar.com.

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