Fate of Stokes Reynolds is still up in the air
The Stokes County Board of Commissioners have pledged themselves to deciding the fate of Stokes Reynolds Memorial Hospital before 2011 ends. Although the final decision is still unknown, progress is being made.
As voted on in late 2010, RFPs were sent out near the end of December to sell, lease or convey SRMH. The deadline for submission of RFPs was Jan. 31 by 5 p.m. When that hour arrived, only two proposals had come in.
Pioneer Health Services turned in one of those proposals. Novant-Forsyth Medical Center also submitted a proposal and sent a letter which stated that Novant would like to discuss options pertaining to SRMH. Another letter was received from HealthTech Management Services indicating that they would be interested in managing the present hospital as it is.
Commissioner Jimmy Walker said that he felt the Board should meet individually with each of these entities and look at all proposals. He expressed disappointment that HMC—the current manager of SRMH—did not submit a proposal.
Vice Chair Leon Inman stated that although he didn’t want to rush the issue, time was “of the essence.” He wants the Board to look at every potential option.
Inman was echoed by Commissioner James Booth. Booth added that he would like to see further information regarding each proposal. Inman and Booth’s opinion of time being critical was agreed with by Commissioner Ronda Jones. She noted that she feels “a real sense of urgency” to get this matter under control.
Chairman Ernest Lankford concurred with his fellow board members.
The next step for the Board is to schedule meetings to discuss proposals with Novant and Pioneer.
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