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Report: Oktibbeha County to investigate options for hospital

A special commission says the Oktibbeha County supervisors should field multiple proposals regarding the sale or lease of OCH Regional Medical Center.

The Starkville Daily News (http://bit.ly/2dn2TdP) reports the commission recommends the supervisors should host a public hearing in the near future over the report.

The public hearing is the first step required by state law in pursuing the possible transaction of the county-owned facility.

Around 100 residents, physicians and hospital employees_past and present_were on hand for Monday’s presentation.

Representatives from Tennessee-based consulting firm Stroudwater said the board should pursue sale or lease proposals, while asking OCH to make systemic improvements to give the hospital a competitive edge in the proposal process. The report recommends the board not pursue service-line agreements or joint operating agreements, since both could hurt the hospital in the long run.

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