Some people say Council has been forced into this agreement. Do you feel that way?
Absolutely not. We have all been negotiating in good faith and at an arm’s length. We are dealing with the reality that our tenant, Lakewood Hospital Association, is operating a hospital that is failing. Like any landlord with a tenant that’s failing, we have to respond. We also recognize that health care is a dynamic force and we must respond to changes with some level of urgency in order to protect and preserve Lakewood’s assets.