|Scott Memorial Hospital board of directors signs letter of intent with RHN|
Members of the Board of Directors of Scott Memorial Hospital in Scottsburg announced on Thursday, May 10, that they have signed a letter of intent to lease the hospital to the Regional Health Network (RHN) of Kentucky and Southern Indiana.
RHN is a new joint venture formed by Norton Healthcare and LifePoint Hospitals® to operate hospitals in non-urban communities in the region.
The proposed relationship is the first transaction for the new Norton and LifePoint company. As part of the proposed lease with Scott Memorial, the new company will operate the hospital with LifePoint being the managing partner and Norton Healthcare being the clinical partner.
“Scott Memorial is excited about the potential of this affiliation with Norton Healthcare and LifePoint Hospitals. They are two highly respected hospital systems dedicated to providing quality health care in communities like Scott County,” said Clifford Nay, CEO of Scott Memorial. “Our board has been exploring potential partnerships for our hospital for several months. With their shared commitment to quality health care,, employees, medical staff and communities, Norton Healthcare and LifePoint Hospitals stood out as the ideal partners to provide us with the resources and expertise we need to secure our hospital for the future.”
Scott Memorial Hospital has been the sole hospital provider in Scott County for more than 50 years. The 25-bed critical access hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and maintains a critical access designation for Medicare and Medicaid patients. Scott Memorial has approximately 200 full-time employees. With a medical staff of some 90 providers, Scott Memorial offers a broad and diverse range of health care services and community outreach programs.
Hospital services include labor and delivery, cardiac rehabilitation, surgical services, an emergency department and diagnostics services. The affiliation with the new joint venture company will be subject to the final approval of the Scott County Commissioners and Scott County Council.
Though both the County Council and Commissioners were meeting this week, the matter is not expected to be on either group’s agenda.
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 May 2012 06:19|