LCHA meets with Americore CEO

The Lee County Hospital Authority met last week to discuss progress moving forwards and address citizens' concerns.

Americore CEO Grant White said his model for the hospital is a "medical mall", adding they can't have a business that's dependent on Lee County. His model would consist of smaller, modular business units within the larger hospital building that would share staff and facility costs to make the hospital more profitable. The units would include veterans' care, an addiction treatment center, and a "superlab".

The hospital would start out with a six-bed ER and 18 acute care beds, for a total of 25, and then grow from there.

White was recently at the center of a civil suit for unpaid rent and a criminal charge of writing a worthless check in the amount of $11k. The lawsuit was settled for an unknown amount, and the criminal charges were dropped. Hospital Authority vice chair Ronnie Montgomery called the news social media hype, adding that the Hospital Authority knew about the lawsuit all along.

Citizens addressed their concern for more transparency within the LCHA's and Americore Health's agreements, citing the lack of information on the LCHA website. White agreed that better communication is good advice.


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