Mountain States Health Alliance supporter Jim Long speaks at Thursday's meeting. (Brad Hicks/Johnson City Press)
ERWIN — For the third time, the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Board of Control has opted to move forward with allowing Mountain States Health Alliance to acquire the 60-year-old hospital, and MSHA officials and supporters hope this time is a charm.
At a public meeting held Thursday at Unicoi County High School, the seven-member UCMH board unanimously voted to accept the proposal from MSHA to acquire Unicoi County’s financially struggling-community hospital over a proposal from Wellmont Health System.
“We’re obviously very pleased that there was a unanimous vote from all the board members for Mountain States Health Alliance,” MSHA President/CEO Dennis Vonderfecht said following the meeting. “I know it’s been a difficult decision for several, but I think as more facts came out, it became obvious that we had the strongest proposal, and they saw with their own eyes the facilities we built, that we live up to our promises, and I think that ultimately proved to result in this unanimous vote.”
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