Supervisors address citizens’ concerns

By Daniel Brunty
The Choctaw Plaindealer

Many Choctaw County residents expressed their feelings and concerns regarding the next healthcare provider for the county’s hospital and nursing home during the Choctaw County Board of Supervisors meeting on May 30 at the Choctaw County Courthouse.
The meeting, which began in the Board of Supervisors boardroom in the courthouse, had to be moved upstairs to the courtroom because of the huge crowd on hand. With the July 31st deadline of Pioneer terminating its lease with the county, the board had spent the previous few meetings with representatives of healthcare providers for a possible sell or long-term lease of the hospital and/or nursing home, with an option of interim management if needed.
The meeting began with the board being addressed by Choctaw County Medical Foundation President Rick Jenkins. Jenkins began his presentation with