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A few moments ago, Greenwood Leflore Hospital announced that UMMC has terminated and withdrawn from negotiations to lease the hospital and operate it going forward.

GLH's press release is as follows:

Termination of Lease Discussions with UMMC

GREENWOOD, NOVEMBER 4, 2022 -- We recently learned that UMMC had made the difficult decision to withdraw from further discussions regarding the lease of GLH and continuation of services to the residents of the Delta.

Although we certainly can understand and appreciate the challenge of providing healthcare services in the post-pandemic era, this decision was not expected based on the progress that had been made regarding a lease transaction. The financial realities of providing healthcare services are impacting both organizations.

Over the coming weeks, administration will evaluate options for the continuation of hospital services to the residents of our surrounding counties, and provide updates as to any potential options for these services.

Discussions with UMMC will continue regarding access to physician services in Greenwood and Leflore County.

Further updates will be provided as these decisions are made.

This after the bombshell two weeks ago, that UMMC was demanding that the city and county owners of the hospital pony up $9.1 million to make necessary repairs and to pay off the Medicare loan.

We had previously reported a possible glitch with the Leflore County Board of Supervisors' refusal to name UMMC as the recipient of the required $4.5 million Irrevocable Letter of Credit. See our reporting here: Some county supervisors apparently confused about UMMC demand for $9.1 million payment for leasing the hospital

To review our reporting on GLH and its financial woes, please see here: Index of Greenwood Leflore Hospital news articles

John Pittman Hey
The Taxpayers Channel

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