Hospital topic of supervisor meeting

By Amanda McBride
The Choctaw Plaindealer

Before approving the agenda, District 1 Supervisor Archie Collins made a motion to strike “2 questions on Pioneer lease” from the agenda. He said this is based on “what our lawyer has told us.” Steve Wright, board attorney, has previously told the supervisors not to discuss the lease with Pioneer in open session.

District 5 Supervisor Eric Chambers asked Collins if the board could discuss it in executive session. District 2 Supervisor Larry McClain seconded the motion and it was approved to remove it form the agenda.

After the meeting, Chambers said in a written statement that the two questions he would like to ask are, “2 questions to Steve Wright and board #1 Who authored lease agreement between Choctaw County and Pioneer dated 8-8-2011 which board approved and entered into its minutes. #2 Who was/is legal counsel that reviewed lease agreement between Choctaw County and Pioneer and advised Thomas Higgins to sign on 8-26-2011 but was not approved by Board of Supervisors.”

Toward the end of the meeting, the board amended their agenda to add John Tompkins, Pioneer Community Hospital of Choctaw administrator, to the agenda.

He asked the board for a response from the lease reinstatement and amendment agreement he gave the board on March 3.

Chris McIntire, board president, said the agreement “is in the hands of our legal counsel and they have been in touch with Pioneer’s legal counsel.”

During the meeting, David Williams with the Horne Group, presented the board with draft RFPs (request for proposal) and a confidentiality agreement for the board to consider. There is an RFP for the hospital campus including the medical office building and the Bounds Clinc and a separate RFP for the nursing home.

The board discussed the RFPs and the need to hire a “transaction attorney” to help with future precedings. No action taken at this time.

The Board of Supervisors approved:

  • Utility agreement with Choctaw Water Association in District 1.
  • Recognize training from the county election commissioners.
  • Inventory deletion-inoperable phone.
  • Advertising in The Choctaw Plaindealer for March 26 for $400.
  • Recognize that the county received check for $149,997 from Medicaid to Brandywine Health Services and to forward to the bankruptcy attorney and trustee. This money does not belong to Choctaw County.
  • Travel for Supervisors Chris McIntire and David Carter to the Mississippi Association of Supervisors convention.