Scott County commissioners agree to hospital purchase

Scott County commissioners agree to hospital purchase

Scott County's only hospital closed in May. Scott County's only hospital closed in May.

6 News Reporter

ONEIDA (WATE) - After months with no hospital at all, followed by several days of uncertainty an agreement could be reached, a deal was struck Monday by county commissioners to reopen Scott County's only hospital.

Commissioners voted unanimously to an asset purchase agreement with SM Promen.

The county had been in negotiations with SM Promen since July in efforts to reopen the hospital.

The hospital closed in May after the county's contract with former operator Health Management Associates, Inc. expired.

Questions about the agreement with SM Promen surfaced at last week's commission meeting when Scott County Mayor Jeff Tibbals told commissioners SM Promen wanted to be released after two years from a restrictive covenant that would require the building is used as a hospital.

At last Monday's meeting commissioners narrowly voted no to releasing Promen from the covenant.

In final negotiations, the terms of the restrictive covenant were changed to six years.

The hospital will not re-open immediately. The facility is in need of cleaning and equipment upgrades, and a staff will have to be hired.

Mayor Tibbals says not all former employees should expect to get their jobs back because the hospital will re-open gradually.

The contract with SM Promen gives previous employees priority for available jobs, but they will still have to go through an interview process as any new hire would.

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