First hospital bidder makes plea to Starkville residents

Tension continues to build in a local community over talks about the possible sale of the hospital.

Posted: Oct 27, 2017 8:08 PM
Updated: Oct 27, 2017 8:08 PM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Tension continues to build in a local community over talks about the possible sale of the hospital.

There are two bidders who want to purchase OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville.

One of those is North Mississippi Health Services. CEO Shane Spees spoke to more than 100 people from the local community at a meeting Wednesday night.

He shared a five year vision which includes expanding services although some currently employees aren’t believing it and think services and jobs will be cut.

“If those services are cut then jobs will be cut and that affects the hard working people of the county,” OCH Surgeon Dr. William Todd Smith said.

“We only see opportunity for growth at OCH in the future,” Spees said. “We see opportunities to keep more patients local.”

Baptist is the other bidder. They will present Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Greensboro Center.

There will be a vote November 7th on the ballot whether or not to sale OCH.

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