CHOCTAW COUNTY, Miss. (WCBI) — In an effort to stabilize rural healthcare in Ackerman and Choctaw County, management companies were in attendance during Tuesday’s board of supervisors meeting.
In Ackerman, signs reading Pioneer Community Hospital of Choctaw will soon come down as Pioneer leaves town. In the meantime, management companies are seeking information in order to be able to provide quality health care to citizens of Ackerman and Choctaw County. Supervisors are requesting proposals from four companies.
“Sunflower Management Company came today. They had done an excellent record of running the rural hospital in Sunflower County and Tallahatchie Hospital. We Listened to their proposals, we are going to listen to three more proposals today. And hopefully have a better understanding of which direction we will go with the hospital after today,” said Choctaw County Supervisor Chris McIntyre.
Supervisors are on a fast track August first deadline now that the legal agreement with Pioneer has gone sour. For companies serious about managing the hospital, nursing home, and other offices, it becomes anybody’s guess who it will be.
“We will be able to turnaround a proposal within a matter of a couple of days. We have not been involved in the REP process up until this point. But we are here to present today. Gather some more information in order to make a proposal,” said Toby Butler with Trilogy Healthcare Solutions of Madison.
Whether its leasing, sale, or going after a professional management company, county officials are banking on a company that will help stabilize health care hopefully for decades to come.
“The management agreement we are looking at today also this will be Choctaw County running both facilities. Both hospital and nursing home,” said McIntyre.
“That’s a beautiful hospital, they actually did a great job building the hospital. It is one of the most beautiful that we have seen in the state of Mississippi. So it certainly deserves a chance to be built into a sustainable quality hospital,” said Butler.
The chosen managing company will have to deal with paying back the $1.5 to $1.8 million bond debt for the new completed hospital.