Lee County Opts To Sell Hospital To Startup, Rejects Regional Provider's Offer

8/28/17

By Luanne Rife, The Roanoke Times

Lee County has opted to sell its idle hospital to a startup with little experience and no proof of capital, rejecting an offer by a regional provider that planned to immediately provide urgent care.

In a 5-3 vote late Thursday, the Lee County Hospital Authority entered into a letter of intent with Florida-based Americore Health to sell the hospital for $2 million, with the expectation that Americore will pursue opening a critical access care hospital along with implementing its business plan to run enhanced laboratory services and provide behavioral health care.

The agreement does not specify when Americore would begin to offer health care.

Authority vice chairman Ronnie Montgomery and commissioner Tom Clarke, who both voted against the Americore deal, said Friday that they favored a proposal by Mountain States Health Alliance that would have immediately provided urgent care, followed by a full service emergency department, and a feasibility study to determine whether a critical access hospital is financially sustainable.

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