UPDATE: Beaufort County Commissioners Discuss UHS Lease

Still no firm plans for the Beaufort County Medical Center following a county commissioners meeting Wednesday, but county leaders are moving forward discussing the University Health Systems proposal.

There was another good-sized turn out from the public urging the commissioners to make a decision about the future of the hospital in Washington.

After nearly two hours-worth of closed sessions with their lawyers, commissioners talked with representatives from UHS about 10 points they wanted UHS to clarify or put in writing. These include steps UHS would take if they choose to tear down the hospital and build a new one. They also wanted UHS to agree to let a county commissioner always hold a spot on the hospital advisory board.

Despite cheers of encouragement from the crowd, commissioners did not vote on the proposal.

In fact, county manager Paul Spruill says he expects it could take another three to four weeks for the commissioners to consider the decision properly.

UHS CEO Dave McRae said, "“We enjoyed the opportunity to meet with the Beaufort County commissioners today. We had a fruitful discussion about the future of Beaufort Regional Health System, and we look forward to the next steps in this process.”

The board of commissioners will hold another public meeting about the hospital on Wednesday, February 9th at 6:30.

PREVIOUS STORY:

The management of Beaufort County Medical Center could be decided after much controversy and one group backing out of the deal already.

Beaufort County commissioners will hold a special meeting at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday at Beaufort County Community College, building 8. They are expected to discuss the most recent offer by Greenville-based University Health Systems to become operator of the hospital.

BCMC board members already voted in favor of UHS taking over.

PREVIOUS STORY (1/18/11):

The board of commissioners of the Beaufort Regional Health System voted Tuesday night 7-2 to recommend a lease agreement from University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina . The board's recommendation now goes to Beaufort County Commissioners.

The two commissioners voting against UHS were Hood Richardson and Howard Cadmus.

The meeting started at 6:00 p.m. in the hospital board room, and the board voted for a new offer from Greenville-based UHS. It is a not-for-profit group which operates 8 hospitals including Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

The original UHS offer called for a 30-year-lease for $24 million and automatic ownership of Beaufort County Medical Center at the end of the lease. The new agreement offers $30 million for 30 years, plus a $10 million option to buy the hospital at the end of the lease.

Tennessee-based Community Health Systems, the health care provider recommended to the county commissioners January 3rd, backed out last week.

Beaufort County Commissioners make the final vote, but a judge issued an 10-day injunction January 10th. So, it appears commissioners might not be able to take a final vote until Thursday.


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  • by RHT - I appeal to you... Location: Washington on Mar 31, 2011 at 02:25 PM
    RHT - I hope you continue to post on this matter as you offer solid information and a sound perspective.
  • by to are you nuts on Feb 9, 2011 at 06:56 AM
    Dont be so defensive Stan. The taxpayers have prevailed so it is a moot point until the elections.
  • by watchful eye on Feb 4, 2011 at 08:03 AM
    The story is no longer listed in the right hand column under most commented. If you go to WITN home page, and keep scrolling down, you will come to a column on the left-hand side titled "Health". You will find the letter of intent commentary there.
  • by Are you nuts? on Feb 2, 2011 at 12:41 PM
    Stan and Hope shouldn't resign. They.ve been the only ones looking out for the taxpayers during this entire mess. If anyone should be made to resign it's the Bobsey Twins McRoy and Klemm. Imagine the nerve of throwing in with UHS before the bids even came in?
  • by Observer Location: Greenville on Feb 2, 2011 at 12:38 PM
    No comment from anyone that the letter of intent was signed today by UHS and the BRHS Board of Directors? Where is everybody?
  • by Wood on Feb 2, 2011 at 09:01 AM
    I would like to know why HOOD and STAN haven't resigned - Heck they should of be force to resign - The comments they made during this whole ordeal say's volumes about them. selfish idiots
  • by Anonymous on Feb 2, 2011 at 05:29 AM
    Stan you can quit posting. We got it you have Brandias back. She is not a journalist at any rate an journalist investigates. No one has done any investigative reporting regarding this fiasco.
  • by To To Concern on Feb 1, 2011 at 10:08 PM
    If you were and still are with WDN you prove the old adage that its possible to be both dumb and dumber. Claim they do responsible journalism and you can win the grandprize - a 7 day subscription to the 6 day a week with only 5 days of news unless it comes in before 4 PM and isn't on the national wire. Don't worry Klemm or McRoy will send you mullets to wrap in the paper after fido and fluffy do there thing on the floor with it.
  • by Concern on Feb 1, 2011 at 10:05 AM
    Whine, Whine, Whine, always whining about something. Whats up with that audit anyway? This is what needs to come out. The tax payers are curious. Stop the whining and bring it forward. I can make my own judgement. I do not want he said, she said, I want the facts. Thank you. That audit is just as important as that USH contract to me. Both of them has a story to tell.
  • by tea partying UHS supporter on Jan 31, 2011 at 06:01 PM
    As an active participant in Tea Party politics (the original movement not the hijacked one) I say when you are referred to as "the mob" you must be doing something right.....so right in fact that you can throw the bums out at election time.
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