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Scott Co. hospital contract up for vote Monday

5:26 PM, Oct 16, 2012   |    comments
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A hospital provider and Scott County have reached an agreement.  Scott County commissioners will vote on a contract Monday.

Scott County's only hospital closed in May.  A new provider was chosen in July. 

Now, Texas-based S.M. Promen and Scott County have worked out a contract, according to Scott County Mayor Jeff Tibbals.

Two main components run parallel in the agreement:

  1. The county would have the option to buy the property back if the company ceases its operations within the first two years.
  2. The facility must remain a hospital for the first six years.

"For us, to convey them that property, county-owned paid for facility, we had to have some assurance that it would operate as a hospital," Mayor Tibbals said.

Attorneys from both sides are ironing out minor contract details.  Commissioners expect to vote on the contract Monday at 5 p.m.

If approved, Tibbals said the hospital could open mid-December or early January.

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