May 17, 2013 5:16:41 PM
Capella Healthcare Vice President for Acquisitions Doug Johnson confirmed Friday the for-profit group is exploring a 50-year lease agreement with the county for OCH Regional Medical Center.
Capella made the offer in an April 23 letter to the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors, Johnson said.
He did not disclose how much Capella offered in the agreement.
A phone call to Supervisor Orlando Trainer went unreturned Friday, but Board Vice President John Montgomery confirmed hospital business is not listed on the county's Monday agenda. Montgomery said he was aware of the offer.
"We like the community, and we feel like we have an opportunity to grow and expand on the scope of
services," Johnson said.
OCH CEO Richard Hilton said he was unaware of the offer until he was contacted by the Dispatch. Hilton declined to comment on the matter until the hospital board has a chance to meet and discuss the matter. Hospital trustees meet during the fourth week of the month, he said.
It is unknown at this time if any other offers were submitted to the county.
The Franklin, Tenn.-based organization owns or operates 14 hospitals in six states, Johnson said.
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Carl Smith covers Starkville and Oktibbeha County for The Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter @StarkDispatch
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