The Lee County Hospital Authority met on Tuesday, March 10 and discussed about the reopening of the hospital.

Since the closing in October 2013, Lee County's Boards and Councils have been working on finding a solution to allow Lee County to have a hospital again.

The Authority met during executive session and is currently accepting Wellmont's proposal for the price and is making arrangments to pay cash at closing.

The Authority believes that they have agreed upon a price with Wellmont's acceptance.

The original date to open was July 1st. but may be three or four months later now due to the purchase delay of the building.

Authority is working towards meeting the requirements to be designated as a critical access hospital (CAH).

The LCHA met with the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, plans to apply for a $500,000 Appalachian Regional Commission grant, a $750,000 Community Development block grant, and is exploring funding opportunities through the Tobacco Commission. . 

More information will be released to the public at their next meeting that is scheduled on  March 17th at PM at the Pennington Gap Community Center.  

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