|Ocala, FL -
September 9, 2011|
Published in the Ocala Star-Banner on Friday, September 9, 2011 at 9:14 a.m.
County Commission Chairman Stan McClain’s request for the Marion County Hospital District trustees to hold an emergency meeting concerning its lease issue has been denied.
Trustees Chairman Mike Jordan wrote McClain on Thursday saying that, since trustees and hospital board members already discussed the lease issue on Aug. 29, it would be best that any of his recommendations be addressed at the trustees’ Sept. 26 board meeting.
McClain had asked that the trustees break the lease with the management company that runs Munroe Regional Medical Center before the lease automatically renews for another 10 years.
McClain wanted the trustees to hold an emergency meeting and cancel the lease, giving a private consultant time to suggest ways of shoring up the financially struggling medical center.
Munroe officials are predicting between a $30 million and $60 million revenue loss during the next four or five years.
McClain said in his written request for an emergency meeting that if trustees later determine that it’s in the best interest of the public to continue the lease again after the consultants make their recommendations, they could always start the lease again in the future.