STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - There was a sigh of relief Wednesday morning at OCH Regional Medical Center for staff and employees.
“Employees were happy, giving high fives,” CEO Richard Hilton said. “It’s been a long time coming and a tremendous weight off their shoulders.”
Hilton said he’s happy that 58 percent of voters decided to not sell OCH which will keep some doctors who might’ve left and helps with recruiting new physicians.
“We can re-engage with physicians who can now say I don’t have a barrier coming to Starkville because of a sale.”
County supervisors have voiced opinions including Marvell Howard. He’s been against the sale from the beginning.
“We didn’t want our health care dictated to us,” Howard said. “It would be best if we were the ones shaping health care moving forward.”
Joe Williams has been for the sale and says this shows that 42 percent of the voters aren’t happy with the quality of health care in the county. However, Hilton says OCH is a 4 star-rated hospital for patient satisfaction. The hospital board of trustees met Wednesday and there’s discussion now of a possible affiliation moving forward.
“Expanding possibly services, looking at ways to reduce costs within the hospital,” Hilton said.
Board of Supervisors President Orlando Trainer and Williams, when asked if they would honor the results and not propose another referendum in the near future, Trainer said he’ll have to wait and see while Williams said it needs to be discussed with their attorney.
The next supervisors meeting will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. and the hospital is not on the agenda but is expected to come up for discussion.