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Health system promotes commitments to county with facility bus tours

Since securing the bid for acquisition of Unicoi County Memorial Hospital, Mountain States Health Alliance hosted a series of bus tours for Unicoi County officials and citizens to see MSHA facilities in the region.
Through the tours, MSHA aimed to ease concerns in the community about how the health system plans to follow through with their acquisition commitments, which are currently being reviewed by MSHA and UCMH attorneys.
“We are right now in the process of completing what we call a definitive agreement that will allow us to move forward,” Vonderfecht said at a recent Unicoi County Chamber of Commerce luncheon. “The definitive agreement – we’re getting pretty close to finalizing that on both sides.”
MSHA’s acquisition of UCMH is on the verge of being released to the state Attorney General’s office for review.
Vonderfecht said the agreement will come before the UCMH Board of Control again before being submitted to the state.
In the meantime, many residents of Unicoi County decided to take a look at what MSHA has done in other regional communities.

For the remainder of this article please see the March 5, 2013 edition of The Erwin Record.