At the Jan. 19 meeting of the Yadkin County commissioners, the board approved sending a letter to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services requesting the Yadkin County hospital be deemed a Legacy Medical Care Facility.
This new status was created at the end of the last session of the NC General Assembly and allows facilities which have operated within the last 24 months, but have not been operational within the last six months, to be exempt from a certificate of need review and provides a 36-month time frame to reopen the facility, explained County Manager Lisa Hughes. A letter must be sent to the state in order to request the Legacy status.
“It’s been roughly six-months since the county has assumed the [hospital] facility back in our possession, as a result of Judge Boyle’s court order in July, so it is now the appropriate time for us to send this letter to the state and continue to be moving forward in the direction of getting the hospital reopened and securing another operator to operate that facility,” Hughes said.
The county hospital was operated by a group known as HMC/CAH until last May when the group shut down the facility following failed negotiations with the county. HMC/CAH was found in contempt of court over the violation of a temporary restraining order obtained by the county in an attempt to keep the hospital open through the end of HMC/CAH’s lease term in July 2015. Since that time county officials have been working to find a new operator to take over the facility.
Also approved at the meeting was a contract with Schnabel Engineering for the assessment of eight of the county’s high risks watershed shelters. The assessments are a state requirement, Hughes said. Soil and Water Conservation Director Jason Walker and former Planning and Development Director Michael Poston applied and were awarded a $160,000 grant for the project, which equals the total cost of the project.
The next meeting of the Yadkin County commissioners will be Feb. 1 at 9 a.m. in the Commissioners’ Chambers of the Yadkin County Human Services Building, located at 217 E. Willow St. in Yadkinville.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.