OCH bids close to­day

Starkville Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By LO­GAN KIRK­LAND news@strkvilledai­lynews.com

As the up­com­ing spe­cial elec­tion vote on Nov. 7 nears, the Ok­tibbeha County Board of Su­per­vi­sors will close bids for OCH Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter to­day.

Once the bids are closed, in­for­ma­tion on the pro­pose hos­pi­tal bid­ders will be shared with the pub­lic so res­i­dents can make an in­formed de­ci­sion.

District 3 Su­per­vi­sor Brick­lee Miller pro­vided the SDN with the min­i­mum re­quire­ments to sub­mit health care sys­tem bids on OCH Re­gional Hos­pi­tal in the re­quest for pro­pos­als.

RE­QUIRE­MENTS

The con­tin­ued op­er­a­tions must in­clude ad­di­tional health care ser­vices, Car­di­ol­ogy and Men­tal Health ser­vices are two specif­i­cally re­quested.

The bid­der must prove physi­cian re­cruit­ment and re­ten­tion.

The bid­der must show com­mu­nity ser­vice and must pro­vide ac­quir­ing en­tity and par­ent guar­an­tee.

The pur­chase price of the hos­pi­tal will pay off all debt on the hos­pi­tal books which in­clude rev­enue bonds and GO bonds. This will also in­clude ad­di­tional money for the fu­ture of Ok­tibbeha County.

This in­cludes cap­i­tal in­vest­ments for five to 10 years and a min­i­mum com­mit­ment over 10 years.

The bid­der must prove em­ployee re­ten­tion, com­pen­sa­tion lev­els equal or bet­ter than cur­rent ben­e­fit plans and a tran­si­tion of re­tire­ment and CO­BRA ben­e­fits.

The med­i­cal staff must re­main cur­rent and the bid­der must have con­trac­tual obli­ga­tion.

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